The detailed design on this lidded box was executed with a traditional glass decorating technique of Schwartzlot (painting with black enamel on glass). Developed in the seventeenth century, Schwartzlot was often used for finely detailed imagery. The decorative technique experienced a revival in the early twentieth century as designers successfully adapted Schwartzlot for innovative styles and patterning. Take time to investigate this and other Schwartzlot objects in “Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900-1937,” a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO, on view at the Museum through January 7.
Box with Lid, 1913. Designed and manufactured by Karl Massnetz (Austrian, 1890-1918). Mold-blown, hot-worked, enameled, and gilded glass. H. 12.3 cm; Diam. 11.1 cm. MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art (WI 1269-1, -2). © Kristina Satori/ MAK.