Strikingly elegant Loetz yellow “Tango” Secessionist glass vase c1920. Part of a range produced by Loetz based on designs by Michael Powolny. Footed trumpet-shaped vase. Vivid deep lemon-yellow body with applied black line to rim. Polished pontil mark to the base. The vase is 32 cm in height.

 

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”.

Johann Loetz was a glassmaker about whom little is known. It was his widow Susanne who was the start of Loetz after her second husband (Frank Gerstner) b