Austrian, 1880 - 1949
Adolf Meyr’s Neffe-Adolfshutte bei Winterburg, manufacturer
Stem glass, c.1910
H. 8-3/4 in.
Otto Prutscher was born in Vienna and studied under Josef Hoffmann at the Kunstgewerbeschule (Vienna School for Applied Art) before working as an architect and interior designer as well as a designer for the Wiener Werkstätte and several other manufacturers. For the workshops he designed textiles, glass, leatherwork, metalwork, and furniture.
Prutscher’s glass designs for the firm of Adolf Meyr are characterized by the use of the cameo process, whereby a clear glass is encased with a layer of colored glass. The colored glass is then cut or polished away revealing the clear glass. Prutscher’s designs use the bright colors and geometric patterns seen on many Wiener Werkstätte pieces.