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War glass, 1914

Leopold Museum,
Glass, enamel and schwarzlot decoration
9.8×6.7×6.7 cm


  • Josef Hoffmann

    (Pirnitz/Brtnice 1870–1956 Vienna)

  • Dagobert Peche

    (St. Michael im Lungau 1887–1923 Mödling)

  • Joh. Oertel & Co.
  • Wiener Werkstätte
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In the wake of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, manifestations of patriotism and war enthusiasm were in vogue all over Europe. Austria-Hungary was allied with the German Empire. In this context, the Wiener Werkstätte produced a whole series of war glasses to commemorate this alliance. Architect and designer Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956) created the simple cylindrical form, while other artists contributed the decoration. This one goes back to the architect, designer and graphic artist Dagobert Peche (1887–1923), who chose for it geometric-abstract looking two-striped color bands in the national colors of the Empire of Austria (black-yellow), the Kingdom of Hungary (red-white-green) and the German Empire (black-white-red). The trifoliolate laurel leaf with the year 1914 alludes to this pact and the glory associated with it. The making of this glass for the Wiener Werkstätte was undertaken by the Bohemian glass manufactory of Johann Oertel & Co. in Haida (today: Nový Bor).

Object data

  • Design Shape: Josef Hoffmann
  • Design Decor: Dagobert Peche
  • Execution: Joh. Oertel & Co.
  • on behalf of : Wiener Werkstätte
War glass
Art movement
Wiener Werkstätte
Arts and crafts
Glass, enamel and schwarzlot decoration
9.8×6.7×6.7 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6087
Inventory access
Accession 2017

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Auktion: 23.11.2005, im Kinsky Wien, 57. Auktion, Los Nr. 573;
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (2005-2010); (1)
Privatsammlung Leopold, Wien (2010-2017); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2017).

  1. Auktionshaus im Kinsky GmbH, Katalog zur 57. Auktion, Wien 2005
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag und Rechnung Nr. 1/2017 vom 03.07.2017

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