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

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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 Hofstötter’s most recognizable works for the World Exhibition in Paris. The organic body of this vase evokes strong associations with a flower bud on the verge of opening, a clear characteristic of Hofstötter’s design principles. Hofstötter was known for his ability to integrate natural forms and motifs into his glasswork, making his pieces both elegant and expressive.

Identical models are known in museum collections and some private collections. Model 396 was produced for the World Exhibition in “Grund Zephir mit Gelb. Grün Vulkan Gestreift” and subsequently produced in small quantities in various decors such as this Cobalt Papillon version.

This design is production number 396 designed by Franz Hofstoetter for the World Exhibition Paris 1900.


Height: 175mm / 6.89”

Diameter top: 55mm / 2.17”

Diameter body: 150mm / 5.91″

Condition: Mint


Prestel – Böhmisch Glas 1880 – 1940 Band 1 Werkmonographie – Page 91, 114 & 128

Prestel – Böhmisch Glas 1880 – 1940 Band 2 Katalog der Musterschnitte – Page 93 & 421.

Hatje Cantz – Loetz Bohemian Glass 1880 – 1940 – Page 74, 83, 84 & 97.

Ernst Ploil & Toby Sharp – Lötz 1900 – Im Kinsky editionen – Page 42.

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

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