Marie Kirschner

Kännchen (jug)





Marie Kirschner (Czech-Austrian-German, Prague 1852-1931 Kosatky)

Kännchen (jug or cream pitcher)


cobalt-underlaid colorless glass; model-blown with fused handle

height 14,2 cm (5.5 inches)

on bottom, engraved monogram: MK

manufactured by Johann Lötz Witwe, Klostermühle, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary



Helmut Ricke, Ernst Ploil, et al.,  Lötz. Böhmisches Glas 1880-1940 (Ostfildern-Ruit 2003), pg. 183, ill. 147.

Helmut Ricke, Ernst Ploil, et al.,  Lötz. Katalog der Musterschnitte, Vol. 2 (Munich 1989), pg. 340, prod. no. Com. 190/36.


The pioneering German-Czech artist Marie Kirschner (Prague 1852-1931 Kosatky) was the older sister of the novelist Ossip Schubin (Aloisia Kirschner), whose portrait by Karl Gussow is owned by The Daulton Collection.  From 1889, Marie lived with her sister in Berlin and summered in Bohemia.  Oh, what a pair they must have been!

Marie Kirschner trained as a painter in Munich and Paris, where she studied with Jules Dupré and Alfred Stevens.  However, she later turned to applied arts, particularly glass design. And it is for her glasswork, produced by Johann Lötz (Loetz) Witwe of Klostermühle, Bohemia, the important Art Nouveau glass manufacturer, that she is most highly regarded.

Although Marie Kirschner’s glass designs are associated with Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau), they are distinctive and outstanding for their simple, elegant forms.  Her glasswork anticipated by years developments in modernist applied art and still today, more than a century later, seem remarkably contemporary and fresh, as the present example clearly demonstrates.

-- Jack Daulton

Marie Kirschner (Czech-Austrian-German, 1852-1931)

vase with handles [Henkelvase]


cased glass, clear and green, matt iridescent

Height 10 cm

on bottom monogram engraved: MK

The Daulton Collection

Made by Joh. Loetz Wwe, Klášterský Mlýn (Bohemia, Austria-Hungary, now Czech Republic). 

Reference: Ricke / Ploil, Lötz Böhmisches Glas, vol. II, p. 339, Shape no. 1090/29.


Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection