- Museum number
Decanter; part of glass service; clear mould-blown glass with dimples, handle and stopper.
- Production date
- 1899-1900 (designed)
Height: 21.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- In set with 1982,1006.2-8
Text from J. Rudoe, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950. A catalogue of the British Museum collection'. 2nd ed. no.207.
After studying at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna, Moser taught there, with Hoffmann, from 1899 until his death in 1918. He was a founder member of both the Vienna Secession in 1897 and the Wiener Werkstatte in 1903, and designed widely for the decorative arts.
This service won first prize for a 'Glasservice für einen einfachen Haushalt, 12 Personen (glass service for a simple household, 12 persons) at a competition for the design of applied arts held in Vienna, the prizes awarded out of state funds ('Preisausschreibung fur Entwiirfe Kunstgewerbliche Objekte aus dem Hoftiteltaxfunde'). The design is credited to Moser, and the service was submitted by Bakalowits (Kunst & Kunsthandwerk, 1900, 52 and 54). It was also exhibited at the fifth Secessionsaustellung in Vienna, 1899-1900, and at the Weinachtsaustellung of the K. K. Osterreichisches Museum fur Kunst und Industrie (later the Osterreichisches Museum fur angewandte Kunst) in 1900 (Die Kunst, Munich, 2, 1899-1900, 238). It was sold at La Maison Moderne in Paris (Art et Decoration, Paris, 10,1901,133) and shown at the Salon de la Libre Esthétique in Brussels (L'Art Decoratif, Paris, 11, May 1901, 8off.). See also G.E. Pazaurek, 'Moderne Glaser', Leipzig, n.d. (1901), 59, fig. 47.
In the autumn of 1906 the service was included in an exhibition held by the Wiener Werkstatte entitled 'Der gedeckte Tisch'; for a contemporary illustration showing the glasses, see Deutsche Kunst & Dekoration, Darmstadt, xix, 1906, 475. See also G.E. Pazaurek, 'Kunstglase der Gegenwart', Leipzig 1925, 24.
For similar services, see J. Rutherford & S. Beddoe, 'Art Nouveau, Art Deco, The Twenties, The Thirties and Post-war Design. The Ceramic, Glass and Metalwork Collections at Brighton Museum', Brighton 1986, no. 3 (in the Art Gallery and Museum, Brighton) and Bascou et al., 'Catalogue sommaire illustré des arts décoratifs', Musée d'Orsay, Paris 1988, 175-6 (in the Musee D'Orsay, Paris, acquired from the Moser family, Vienna). This service was also produced without dimples and offered, in addition, water, lemonade and beer glasses, a jug and a fruit bowl. For a version of the service without dimples in the possession of E. Bakalowits & Sohne, Vienna, see Vienna 1985, Historisches Museum, 'Traum und Wirklichkeit. Wien um 1870-1930', no. 13/4/7. The service appears without dimples in the Musterbuch E. Bakalowits, held by the Osterreichisches Museum fiir angewandt Kunst (see W. Neuwirth, 'Das Glas des Jugenstils. Sammlung des Osterreichisches Museum für angewandt Kunst, Wien', Munich 1973, 413, where a page from the pattern-book showing this service is reproduced).
Glasses commissioned by Bakalowits were made by Bohemian firms such as Lotz Witwe or Meyr's Neffe, or by the Rheinische Glashiitten, but the manufacturers of this service are not known.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number