Pirnitz, Moravia, Austria 1870 – 1956



Austria commenced 1903 – 1932

retailer (organisation)


Adolf, Czechoslovakia commenced 1815 – 1922

manufacturer (organisation)

Vase 1915 Place made: Adolf, Czech Republic
Materials & Technique: glass, vases, glass

Primary Insc: Etched, underside of base, within a square the Wiener Werkstatte monogram.
Dimensions: 11.0 h x 12.3 w x 12.3 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased from Gallery Restaurant Funds 1984
Accession No: NGA 84.234
Subject: Art style: Vienna Secession
  • The Austrian architect and designer, Josef Hoffmann, was a key figure in the Vienna Secession, a group promoting the development of modern design in Austria at the end of the nineteenth century. Their work was characterised by simple linear, cubist design, emphasising luxurious materials and craftsmanship. Hoffmann's coordinated designs for buildings, interiors and objects were among the finest expressions of early European modernism and his work was produced by a number of Austrian glass, ceramic, furniture, metal, jewellery and textile manufacturers. In this vase, Hoffmann has used traditional Bohemian glass-cutting techniques to emphasise the jewel-like colour of the glass, giving it a dramatic, sculptural presence.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
    Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design