Designer Josef Hoffmann Austrian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 910

This teapot is part of a hand-beaten silver tea service designed for the Wiener Werkstätte. Co-founded by Josef Hoffmann in Vienna, this community of designers, artists, and craftsmen included Gustav Klimt, Josef Frank, and Egon Schiele. In this elegant set touched with semiprecious stones and ebony, Hoffmann has integrated luxury materials with forms of uncompromising austerity: straight sides, domed lids, and squared-off handles. The only decoration, except for the inset jewels, is the single thin horizontal line of raised dots near the bottom of each container. For information on the full service, see MMA 2000.278.1-.9.

Teapot, Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, Pirnitz 1870–1956 Vienna), Silver

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