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    Vase,  HOFFMANN, Josef; WIENER WERKST√ĄTTE, ; 1915, Purchased from Gallery Restaurant Funds 1984
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Artist HOFFMANN, Josef (designer)
Birth 1870, Pirnitz
Death 1956, Vienna, Austria
Artist WIENER WERKST√ĄTTE (manufacturer)
Birth 1815, Czechoslovakia
Death 1922, Czechoslovakia
Title Vase
Date 1915
Medium cut glass
Dims 11.0 x 12.3 x 12.3 cm
Collection National Gallery of Australia
Creditline Purchased from Gallery Restaurant Funds 1984
AccNo 84.234

The Austrian architect and designer, Josef Hoffmann, was a key figure in the Vienna Secession, a group promoting the development of modern design in Austria at the end of the nineteenth century. Their work was characterised by simple linear, cubist design, emphasising luxurious materials and craftsmanship. Hoffmann's coordinated designs for buildings, interiors and objects were among the finest expressions of early European modernism and his work was produced by a number of Austrian glass, ceramic, furniture, metal, jewellery and textile manufacturers.

In this vase, Hoffmann has used traditional Bohemian glass-cutting techniques to emphasise the jewel-like colour of the glass, giving it a dramatic, sculptural presence.