Johann Loetz Witwe – World Exhibition Paris 1900 vase by Franz Hofstoetter – Cobalt Papillon

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Manufacturer: Johann Loetz Witwe

Designer: Franz Hofstoetter

Decor: Papillon

Style: Jugendstil

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

Color: Cobalt blue

Period: 1900


The worldwide breakthrough and recognition of Johann Loetz Witwe arose from the great success and achievement of a Grand Prix medal during the World Exhibition in Paris in the year 1900 (Paris Universelle 1900). In preparation for the World Exhibition, Max Ritter von Spaun hired the painter Franz Hofstoetter (1871 – 1958) in 1899. His task was to create innovative designs that were exclusively exhibited during the world exhibition in Paris. Franz Hofstoetter designed a series of designs and decors that were so innovative that they are considered modernist for this period.

The design of this vase is one of Franz Hofstoetter’s most unusual designs. Seen from the top, the vase appears to float above the surface on which the vase is placed. The flat, wide belly and the narrowing in the neck ensure that the incidence of light in each part of the vase is different, resulting that color and brilliance are always different. The shape shows clear characteristic features of Hofstoetter’s design principles.

Identical models are known in museum collections and some private collections. This model was produced in a small amount in the decor Cobalt Papillon, Orchis and Phänomen Genre 358.

This design is production number 355 designed by Franz Hofstoetter for the World Exhibition Paris 1900.


Height: 195mm / 7.67”

Diameter: 150mm / 5.90”

Condition: Mint


Prestel – Böhmisch Glas 1880 – 1940 Band 1 Werkmonographie – Page 91 & 114.

Prestel – Böhmisch Glas 1880 – 1940 Band 2 Katalog der Musterschnitte – Page 90 & 420.

Hatje Cantz – Loetz Bohemian Glass 1880 – 1940 – Page 74 & 83 .

Ernst Ploil & Toby Sharp – Lötz 1900 – Im Kinsky editionen – Page 46 & 47.

Passauer Glasmuseum – Das Böhmisch Glas 1700 – 1950 Band IV – Jugendstil in Böhmen – Page 30 & 31.

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