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Flatware set

Artist:
Carl Otto Czeschka (Austrian, Vienna 1878–1960 Hamburg)
Manufacturer:
Wiener Werkstätte
Date:
ca. 1910
Medium:
Silver and malachite
Dimensions:
Napkin ring - a: 7/8 × 1 1/2 × 1 1/4 in. (2.2 × 3.8 × 3.2 cm) Soup spoon - b: 1 1/4 × 5/8 × 5 5/8 in. (3.2 × 1.6 × 14.3 cm) Fork - c: 11/16 × 1/4 × 7 in., 0.1 lb. (1.7 × 0.6 × 17.8 cm) Knife - d: 9/16 × 3/16 × 7 in. (1.4 × 0.5 × 17.8 cm) Dessert spoon - e: 1 1/4 × 5/8 × 7 in., 0.1 lb. (3.2 × 1.6 × 17.8 cm) Presentation box - f: 1 5/8 × 9 1/4 × 5 1/4 in. (4.1 × 23.5 × 13.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.508a–f
Not on view
Czeschka officially joined the Wiener Werkstätte in 1905 and resigned three years later to take a teaching post at the Hamburg Kunstgewerbeschule. He did, however, continue to submit designs and exhibit with the Wiener Werkstätte until 1915, becoming a leading disseminator of the style. The pattern on this flatware is a fine example of the exuberance of Czeschka’s well-documented floral designs for jewelry, metalwork, graphics, textiles, and theater sets and costumes.
(sale, Christie's, London, October 28, 2008, no. 44, sold to Fowler); Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, Stamford, Conn. (2008–10; her gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900–Present, Part II," May 23, 2011–July 1, 2012, no catalogue.

Neuwrith Waltraud. Wiener Werkstätte: Die Schutzmarken, The Registered Trademarks. Vienna, 1985, pp. 186-87.

Christian Brandstatter. Wiener Werkstätte: Design in Vienna 1903-1932. New York, 2003, p. 42.



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