Stylish Secessionist “Tango” glass vase designed by Michael Powolny for Loetz c1915. Angular body with elongated cylindrical neck. Yellow-orange body with raised, black vertical stripes and applied black rim. Polished pontil mark to the base. Loetz shape PN II-5231 – part of a range of designs by Michael Powolny for the 1914 Cologne exhibition of the Austrian Werkbund. The vase is 19.5 cm in height and 11.5 cm maximum diameter.

 

Michael Powolny (1871-1954) served his apprenticeship in his father's workshop until his father's death. From 1894 to 1901 he attended the Vienna School of Applied Arts. In 1906 along with Bertold Löffler he founded the Wiener Keramik workshop, that became part of the Wiener Werkstätte (the Secessionist Vienna Workshop founded by Josef Hoffman and Koloman Moser) a year later. Hoffman later hired Powolny to create ceramic ornamentation for his architectural masterpiece, the Palais Stoclet in Brussels. He became a professor at the School of Applied Arts, where he taught both Lucie Rie, the renown Austrian-British modernist ceramicist, and the American potter Viktor Schreckengost, creator of the “Jazz Bowl”.

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