Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, Pirnitz 1870–1956 Vienna)
7 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (19.1 x 29.2 cm)
Gift of Jennifer Johnson Gregg, 1976
Not on view
In antiquity, urns - covered vases without handles - were conceived as holders for the ashes of the dead. Vases, which could have handles, were used for a variety of purposes: utilitarian, ceremonial, or artistic. Urn and vase shapes have continued to inspire designers ever since. This selection of vases and urns represents an international range of designs made during the Art Deco era.
Inscription: Signed (outside rim): JH [monogram]
Marking: (outside rim): WIENER / WERK / STÄTTE; MADE / IN / AUSTRIA
Baltimore. Walters Art Gallery. "Art Nouveau to Art Moderne: Twentieth-Century Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 2–April 28, 1985, no catalogue.
Raleigh. North Carolina Museum of Art. "Art Nouveau to Art Moderne: Twentieth-Century Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 22–August 11, 1985, unnum. brochure (dated ca. 1920).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part I: 1900–1925," December 14, 1999–March 26, 2000, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Design," March 30–December 3, 2006, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009, no catalogue.
Wilhelm Mrazek, ed. Die Wiener Werkstätte: Modernes Kunsthandwerk von 1903–1932. Exh. cat., Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst. Vienna, 1967, no. 124, ill. (same model, in a private collection), dates this model about 1920.
Bevis Hillier. Art Deco of the 20s and 30s. London, 1968, ill. p. 75 (identical bowl).
Penelope Hunter-Stiebel. "The Decorative Arts of the Twentieth Century." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 37 (Winter 1979–1980), p. 14, ill.
Gary Tinterow et al. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 8, Modern Europe. New York, 1987, p. 90, colorpl. 67.
Barbara Burn, ed. Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, p. 313, ill. (color), dates it about 1920.