Josef Hoffmann ( Austrian, 1870 - 1956 )
Adolf Erbrich ( Austrian, 1874 )
Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshops) ( Austrian, 1903 - 1932 )
This flower vase, designed by Wiener Werkstätte founder Josef Hoffmann, features an inverted bell-shaped bowl supported by a delicate wirework stand and topped with an openwork band of foliate forms. This bellflower form—as a shape or decorative motif—commonly recurs in Werkstätte design. Mirroring the celebration of natural materials championed by the Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of the 20th century, the malachite cabochons that punctuate the elegant swirls and stylized tendrils and leaves also reflect the Werkstätte’s preference for semiprecious stones used for compositional and artistic effect.
Samantha Robinson, “Modern Opulence in Vienna: The Wittgenstein Vitrine” Label text (2004.9), 2014