Buried: Lötz Johann

This person is buried in the cemetery near the church of St. Maurice.
Unfortunately, we do not know the exact grave.

Basic information:

Last name:  Lötz
Name:  Johann
Date of death:  17.03.1844
Other informations:  Glass master, † at the age of 64

Links to sources of further information

Wikipedia - Lötz Glassworks  CZ
Wikipedia - Klostermühle  CZ
Wikipedia - Johann Loetz Witwe  DE
Wikipedia - Johann Loetz Witwe  EN
Galerie bei der Albertina Zetter, Wien  DE  EN
PASK Klatovy (Glass Pavilion - a unique private collection of Šumava glass by Lötz)  CZ  DE  EN


The St. Maurenz pastor Anton Riederer (1819-1856) writes in the chronicle, which has only survived in fragments and only as copies:

"On March 17th - 21st, 1843, the local master glazier from Annathal, Mr. Johann Lötz, passed away after a three-month illness from the consequences of gout in his 64th year of life, and his body was buried in . Mauritz".

(According to the registers of Maurenzen, Johann Loetz died on March 17, 1844 and was buried on March 20, 1844)

Johann Loetz is the founder of the world-famous glass products. The products that bear his name can be found in all the major glass museums in the world, including New York, London, Paris, Munich and Vienna. Glassware is now traded at unspeakable heights. Hardly any biographical information about Johann Loetz can be found in the literature, and it is often given incorrectly.

The Klostermühle glass factory in Unterreichstein was founded in 1836 and was bought around 1840 by the foreman Johann Loetz. After his death and burial in St. Maurenzen, his widow Susanna continued to run the hut under the name of Johann Loetz Witwe. Susanna Lötz, née Husska, was born in 1809 in Kuttenplan. She died in 1887 in St. Pölten, Lower Austria. Johann and Susanna Loetz had 4 children: Johann, Karoline, Anton and Ernst. The daughter Karoline later marries Max Ritter von Spaun. From this marriage emerged another Max.

The grandson of Johann and Susanna Loetz, Max Ritter von Spaun, took over the glass factory in 1879 and completely modernized it. Johann Loetz Witwe, the most important artistic glass manufacturer in Bohemia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, enjoyed international recognition. The company achieved world renown through its Art Nouveau glasses, which it was able to develop into an independent and versatile production line based on the model of the American Louis C. Tiffany. Around the turn of the century, when Max von Spaun achieved great success with glasses in the phenomenon decor, the glassworks maintained contacts with the Viennese art scene and with the glass publishing companies E. Bakalowits Söhne, Vienna and J.& L. Lobmeyr, Vienna. The resulting collaboration with artists such as Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser and his students reached its peak in the years immediately after 1900. The metallic iridescent colored glasses were particularly characteristic of the years mentioned. The Loetz company ceased operations during the Second World War.

Information or Christian Aussprung


Photo buried
Source: Dr. Vladimír Horpeniak - Museum of Šumava Kašperské Hory
Comment: Susanne and Johann Lötz
Photo buried
Date of acquisition: 1890
Source: family archive Aussprung
Comment: Klostermühle in Unterreichstein
Photo buried
Source: family archive Aussprung