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Twisted Glass Vase “Melusin”, n. d.

Leopold Museum,
Glass (pale green)
26.2×8.7×8.7 cm


  • Johann Lötz

    (Prague 1852–1931 Kosatky)

  • Joh. Lötz Witwe
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This cone-shaped vase with diagonally twisted walls is a typical product of the company Joh. Lötz Witwe. Founded in 1850 in the historical region of Bohemia, the manufacture produced high-quality glass at the time around 1900 which corresponded to the new tastes of Jugendstil. The famous glass manufactory executed designs by artists including Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956) and Koloman Moser (1868–1918). Lötz cooperated with the Wiener Werkstätte and other renowned companies, among them J. & L. Lobmeyr, E. Bakalowits Söhne and Argentor. The shape and decor of the objects could be made to order. Among the company’s most famous features are their iridescent surface decors. The decor used here, which was known was “Melusin”, was employed especially at the time around 1905 and remained in production until 1913. It was fashioned from colorless crystal glass covered with opaque pale green filaments, producing a special play of colors in changing lighting conditions.

Object data

  • Design: Johann Lötz
  • Execution: Joh. Lötz Witwe
Twisted Glass Vase “Melusin”
n. d.
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Wiener Werkstätte
Arts and crafts
Glass (pale green)
26.2×8.7×8.7 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4607
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

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