The Viennese architect and Arts and Crafts designer Otto Prutscher counts towards the most important Viennese artists of the Jugendstil. As a pupil of Josef Hoffmann and Franz Matsch he is responsible for many designs of the Wiener Werkstätte and of important Viennese housing complexes. Objects of the Wiener Kunstgewerbe (Arts & Crafts) that were executed after his designs constantly achieve high prices at auction houses around the world and are highly asked for.
The design of this glassdates to time around 1907, one of the most creative epochs of Prutscher. The use of square shaped ornaments on the cuppa and the stem are typical traits of Prutscher glass works at that time and make them incredibly hard to execute. They were produced by Meyr’sNeffe in Bohemia and sold through commission sales via the Wiener Werkstatte.
Bib.: Archive of the Wiener Werkstatte in the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, “glass number 198”, inventory number WWF 89-15-1; Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, vol. 20, 1907, p. 340; Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, vol 25, 1909/10, p. 376; The Studio Year Book, 1912, p. 223; Thorsten Bröhan, Glaskunst der Moderne, p. 157