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Vase

Designer:
Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, Pirnitz 1870–1956 Vienna)
Maker:
Alfred Mayer , Austrian, for the Wiener Werkstätte
Date:
ca. 1908
Medium:
Silver, gold plating
Dimensions:
9 1/8 x 4 15/16 x 4 in. (23.2 x 12.5 x 10.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1923
Accession Number:
23.213.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 829
Hoffmann's campaign of artistic reform extended to almost every material and type of object. The architect-designer devised this case for the Wiener Werkstätte, the trailblazing arts and crafts studio that he founded in Vienna in 1903. The bell-shaped, silver form and decoration of scrolling flowers and stems reflect a shift away from the simple, geometric style favored during the first days of the studio. Similar floral ornament appears on the other workshop productions from about 1908.
Marking: (underside of base): [indeterminate mark in reserve] / JH / WW [Wiener Werkstätte monogram above triangle] / Made in Austria [in square] / 900
[Wiener Werkstätte of America, New York, until 1923; sold to MMA]

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