Johann Loetz Witwe – Boudon & Klähr, Paris, 1900 – Ruby Papillon – Parisian Art Nouveau mount

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Manufacturer: Johann Loetz Witwe

Client: Boudon & Klähr, Paris

Decor: Papillon

Style: Art Nouveau

Material: Molded and free-formed glass, reduced, grounded rim, pewter

Color: Ruby, Papillon blue and pewter patina

Period: 1900 – 1909


This vase was created in the heyday of Art Nouveau around 1900 – 1905 through a collaboration between Johann Loetz Witwe from Austrian Bohemia and Boudon & Klähr from Paris. This creation is a perfect marriage of Austrian Jugendstil and French Art Nouveau.

The vase was blown by Johann Loetz Witwe in a ground color of ruby red glass and is executed in the decor “Papillon”. This decor made its appearance in the year 1898 and is one of the most famous, successful and probably also one of the most applied decors by Johann Loetz Witwe. Papillon is characterized by iridescent dots that change color depending on which ground color the vase is blown (Crete, Candia, Cobalt or Ruby).

Boudon & Klähr which was based in Paris represented Johann Loetz Witwe’s glass in the French capital. This vase that was sold exclusively by Boudon & Klähr, therefore, is an excellent representation of Austrian Art Nouveau glass combined with a pewter mount in French Art Nouveau design.

The literature indicates that the glass for this vase was commission-ordered from Johann Loetz Witwe by Boudon & Klähr; it is unknown by which firm the pewter frame was applied to the commission-ordered vases. In some cases Gustav Gurschner is attributed as the designer, although no incontrovertible evidence for this has been found.

The underside of the mount is marked with the model number “4530”.


Height: 265mm / 10.43”

Diameter top: 65mm / 2.56″

Diameter mount: 220mm / 8.66″

Condition: Mint


Prestel – Böhmisch Glas 1880 – 1940 Band 1 Werkmonographie. Page 98 & 99.

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