Design attributed to Adolf Hegenbarth
Bohemian, born 1892
Probably made at the State Technical School for Glass, Steinschönau, Czechoslovakia (now
Kamenický Šenov, Czech Republic)
7 3/4 × 9 3/4 in. (19.7 × 24.8 cm.)
Purchased with funds from the Alice Speed Stoll Accessions Trust and the bequest of Mrs. Blakemore Wheeler, by exchange 2002.13
The Geometric Body
The painted surface of this vase writhes with intertwined men and women, each figure rendered not as flesh and blood, but as a collection of geometric facets. In Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) during the 1920s, the Cubist impulse—the rendering of threedimensional forms as flattened, geometric patterns—spread from painting and sculpture into architecture, furniture, and a range of other media, including glass.