Title: Brambees, Willow's Weeds, and Crown of Thorns
Dimensions: 24 × 24 in. (61 × 61 cm)
Marks: On each back piece is sewn "Sassaman, 1996"
Classification: Textiles and Apparel
Credit Line: Gift of Mary Meixner
Object Number: U99.311abc
The art glass movement which began in Europe in the 1870’s became popular in the United States during the 1880s and 1890s. During this time, economic prosperity opened a new market for luxury wares, compelling glass manufacturers to stop making traditional pressed glass and to pursue popular and more innovative designs. Glass artists concentrated on developing new surfaces and colors, emphasizing multi-hued exteriors with more texture and layers.
The work of Ludwig Moser truly captures the spirit of the art glass movement. From its founding in 1857 until 1895, his glass engraving workshop in Karlsbad, Bohemia, produced highly distinctive glasswares. In 1895, he introduced new colored glass formulations which served as the foundation for his ornate designs. Utilizing numerous decorative techniques, such as applied decoration, enameling, engraving, and cutting, Moser transformed glass banks into elaborate art glass objects. On this vase, Moser made use of almost every conceivable decorative technique, creating an enameled and gilded surface teeming with applied flora and fauna made of colored glass.