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War Glass, 1918

Leopold Museum,
Glass, enamel colors
11.1×7.1×7.1 cm


  • Josef Hoffmann

    (Pirnitz/Brtnice 1870–1956 Vienna)

  • Otto Prutscher

    (Vienna 1880–1949 Vienna)

  • Joh. Oertel & Co.
  • Wiener Werkstätte
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In World War I, the Wiener Werkstätte and the manufacturing businesses collaborating with it were facing personnel shortages and sales difficulties. One attempted way to compensate was the successful production of war glasses, all the more so since the Ministry of Public Works made an appeal to art-makers in 1915 to “express the patriotic purpose” in their works. Already February of that same year, the Austrian Museum of Art and Industry had shown an exhibition of War-Commemorative Articles. If it was a plain cylindrical drinking glass, it was painted with a line pattern in enamels, often in the colors of the flags of the allied Central Powers. In this case, the German Empire’s black-white-gold was stylized into a striped pattern.

Object data

  • Design Shape: Josef Hoffmann
  • Design Decor: Otto Prutscher
  • Execution: Joh. Oertel & Co.
  • for the: Wiener Werkstätte
War Glass
Art movement
Wiener Werkstätte
Arts and crafts
Glass, enamel colors
11.1×7.1×7.1 cm
Label on bottom: Entwurf: K.K. Professor Otto Prutscher Wien, No. 78, 177 30.-
Credit line of the permanent loan
Ernst Ploil, Vienna
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).

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