Otto Prutscher (1880-1949, Austrian)
Meyr's Neffe Adolf Glassworks (1815-1922), Adolfov nad Vimperk, Bohemia
8 1/4 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches
The blue pattern on this goblet was made by overlaying (or flashing) cobalt blue over the glass and then carving and polishing the blue out to expose the clear areas in a checkered motif. This decoration technique is common in Austrian and Bohemian glasswork. The checkered motif would become Prutscher's hallmark in a multicolored series of tall goblets with spindly stems. The shapes of the bowls varied to hold different kinds of wine or champagne. Normally, glassmakers form wineglasses so that the foot is wider than the upper bowl, in order to increase stability of a wine-filled glass. Prutscher, however, made the base of his glasses smaller than the circumference of the bowl, increasing the precariousness of this delicate-seeming glass.
Not currently on view
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art