• FA-124309 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
  • FA-124311 „Pelargonium Francisceum“, © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
  • FA-124314 „Augusta lanceolata", © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
  • FA-124313 „Ferdinandea elliptica", © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
  • FA-124315 „Francisc(e)a confertiflora“, © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
  • FA-124312 „Pelargonium Marianneum", © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
  • FA-124310 „Pelargonium Sophiae“, © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
  • FA-118704 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
  • FA-124320 „Antoniana ovata“, © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
  • FA-124321 „Pelargonium Josephinum“, © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
  • FA-124319 „Johannia insignis“, © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
  • FA-124318 „Pelargonium Reinerianum“, © Technisches Museum Wien, Foto: Peter Sedlaczek
  • FA-124316 „Pelargonium Carolianum“, © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
  • FA-124317 „Ludovicea elegans“, © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Production Technology
Collection
Glass and Ceramics
Epoch
1800 - 1849
At the moment this object is not published in the museum.

Two flower vases, cut glass, Bohemia, 1827-1837

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Among the arts and crafts objects at the Technisches Museum Wien are many dedicated to members of the Habsburg imperial household. These flower vases, however, outshine them all.

One vase is dedicated to Emperor Francis I, his fourth spouse (Caroline Augusta), his two sons (Ferdinand and Franz Karl), and his daughters-in-law (Maria Anna and Sophia); the other vase is dedicated to the Emperor’s brothers (Anton, Joseph, Johann, Rainer, Karl, and Ludwig). These engraved glassworks are not adorned with the usual initials, such as F. I. for Francis I, or any inscriptions. Each vase features six different plant motifs, each one bearing the name of a member of the imperial family: Pelargonium Marianneum, Pelargonium Francisceum, Pelargonium Sophiae, Franciscea confertiflora, Augusta lanceolata, Ferdinandea elliptica, Antoniana ovata, Johannia insignis, Pelargonium Reinerianum, Ludovicea elegans, Pelargonium Carolianum, Pelargonium Josephinum.

Ten of these engraved plants have been traced back to botanical works of the early 19th century: specifically to Johann Baptist Emanuel Pohl’s two-volume work Plantarum Brasiliae icones et descriptiones hactenus ineditae; Leopold Trattinnick’s Neue Arten von Pelargonien; and in Freye Auswahl einzelner Pflanzenabbildungen in Schwarzen Kupfern. The plate illustrations in these works were realistically reproduced onto the cut glass. Unfortunately, the templates for Ludovicea elegans and Pelargonium Marianneum could not be determined.

An exhibition text from 1922 describes the vases as follows: ‘Bellied, with a bulging base and a sweeping, ornamental rim. The dark amber-silver etched sides are pared at their lower extremity and feature six raised ovals into which individual flowers have been cut. Below: inscription […] The bulge with stone-cut faces, base plate with twelve-sided cut, on the base multi-sided faces. Height: 24.5.‘ By then the most sublime dedications were no longer a theme.

Manufacturer: unknown, Bohemia
Production date: 1827-1837

Inv.Nr. 19361
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