Art Nouveau Glass

The Art Nouveau glass collection includes products from Czech, German, Silesian, Austrian and American companies

Masovian Museum in Płock

Émil Gallé in 1874 established a glassworks in Nancy. Its products are unique multi-layer cut and acid-etched glasses.

Vase from the Émile Gallé label (19th Century) by Émile GalléMasovian Museum in Płock

Vase, 1895-1900, manufactured by Émile Gallé, Nancy, France

 Gallé was a revolutionist in his industry. In Nancy, he founded a glassworks in which he designed and manufactured vases and other glass forms. The uniqueness of his products was related to the proprietary technique of grinding and acid etching glass coating.

Liqueur service (19th Century) by Daum FrèresMasovian Museum in Płock

Liqueur service, circa 1895, Daum Frères, Nancy, France

The brothers Antoine and Auguste Daum belonged to the continuators of Émile Gallé's thought and technique, although this liqueur service is characterized by historicizing forms. The service consists of a tray, a carafe and eight glasses.

Vase from the Daum Frères manufactory (20th Century) by Daum FrèresMasovian Museum in Płock

Vase, 1901-1902, manufactured by Daum Frères, Nancy, France

At the end of the 19th century, the Daum brothers expanded the production range of their steelworks and introduced new techniques.

 The most popular of them was coloring the glass with glass powder melted into the surface or between the layers of the vessel.

Decorative vases (19th/20th Century) by BaccaratMasovian Museum in Płock

Decorative vases, c. 1900, manufactured by Baccarat, France

Cristallerie de Baccarat is an excellent dish, a brand in itself. The glassworks was founded in the 18th century, its products were displayed on royal tables, in embassies, and in rich homes. A pair of vases confirms the class of this French brand.

Decorative vase (19th/20th Century) by Designer: Max Ritter von Saun. Label: Johann Loetz WitweMasovian Museum in Płock

Decorative vase, 1900, Johann Loetz Witwe, Czech Republic

Masters operating in the then Austro-Hungarian Empire conducted experiments on the iridescence effect of glass. The Johann Loetz Witwe glassworks, which was managed by Max Ritter von Spaun at the end of the 19th century, enjoyed the greatest recognition.

Vase and bowl (19th/20th Century) by Wilhelm Kralik SohnMasovian Museum in Płock

Vase and bowl, 1900, by Wilhelm Kralik-Sohn, Czech Republic

The Wilhelm Kralik factory specialized in placing its iridescent products in fanciful metal frames with decorative handles.

Champagne glasses (19th/20th Century) by Louis Comfort Tiffany&CompanyMasovian Museum in Płock

Champagne glasses, circa 1900, L C. Tiffany & Co., USA

The American Louis Comfort Tiffany was a painter, heir to a wealthy family and a collector. In 1890 he founded a blown glass factory in Long Island in which he conducted experiments on the irradiation of glass. The cookware was exposed to reduced metal steam.

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