Johann Loetz Witwe – Phänomen Genre 8100 – Franz Hofstoetter – 1899

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Manufacturer: Johann Loetz Witwe

Designer: Franz Hofstoetter

Decor: Phänomen Genre 8100

Production number: Series I PN 8100 – 1899

Signature: Engraved “Loetz Austria”

Style: Jugendstil

Material: Molded and free-formed glass, reduced, improved pontil

Color: Ruby

Period: 1890 – 1899


This extraordinary vase, designed by the esteemed Austrian artist Franz Hofstötter, represents a pinnacle of Art Nouveau glass artistry. Created in 1899, just before Hofstötter’s famous designs for the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, this vase is a testament to his innovative vision and masterful craftsmanship.

Executed in the renowned Phänomen Genre 8100, the vase features a mesmerizing ground color of ruby, which exudes a rich, deep hue. The Phänomen Genre series is distinguished by its iridescent surfaces and striking patterns, and this piece is no exception. The interplay of light on the ruby background reveals an array of shimmering colors, creating a dynamic and captivating visual effect.

The design of the vase is mentioned in the archives as production number Series I – 8100, designed in 1899. As a very rare model, this vase not only exemplifies the distinctive style and technical prowess of Hofstötter but also holds significant historical value. It stands as a precursor to the celebrated designs that won him a Grand Prix at the Paris Exposition Universelle, marking a pivotal moment in both his career and the legacy of the Loetz glassworks.

This vase is embodying the essence of the Jugendstil movement with its organic forms and nature-inspired motifs. Its rarity and exquisite design make it a standout piece, reflecting the exceptional talent and artistry of Franz Hofstötter and the innovative spirit of Loetz.


Height: 175mm / 6.88”

Diameter body: 185mm / 7.28”

Diameter top: 93mm / 3.66”


Prestel – Böhmisch Glas 1880 – 1940 Band 1 Werkmonographie – Page 98 & 330.

Prestel – Böhmisch Glas 1880 – 1940 Band 2 Katalog der Musterschnitte – Page 63 & 407.

Hatje Cantz – Loetz Bohemian Glass 1880 – 1940 – Page 62, 80 & 299.

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