Walter Scherf (German, Grünewald 1875–1909 Nuremberg)
Metallwarenfabrik für Kleinkunst
Height: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Gift of Robert L. Isaacson, 1991
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
Since Sherf's Osiris factory produced numerous designs by independent artists and Laüger's repertoire also included designs for metalwork, it is not surprising that the two should have come in contact. An example of Laüger's vases (see 1991.182.1) included in the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900 may have brought him to Sherf's attention.
Marking: Stamped in pewter on base:  OSIRIS;  1024;  NH (?) within a circle with outer border
Artist: Fourteen identified German (Augsburg) goldsmiths and other German artisans; Japanese (Imari) porcelain makerDate: ca. 1743–45Medium: Gilt silver, hard-paste porcelain, cut glass, walnut, carved and partially gilt coniferous wood, blind-tooled and partially gilt leather, partially gilt steel and iron, textiles, moiré paper, hog's bristleAccession: 2005.364.1a–d–.48On view in:Gallery 551