Germany 1848 – 1914
Steinach, Germany 1840 – Wiesbaden, Germany 1906
Thuringia, Erfurt district, Germany
Materials & Technique: glass, goblets, glass: lampworked
Karl Koepping was Professor of Design at the Berlin Akademie when he collaborated with glassblower Friedrich Zitzmann to produce this elongated flower-form vase. The technique used was a combination of glassblowing for the bowl and lampworking for the stem and base. Heating and cooling of applied metallic oxides on the surface of the glass produced an effect that suggested the sheen of living plants and a depth of natural colours that made Koepping and Zitzmann’s work some of the most elegant and delicate expressions of Art Nouveau.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design