Tea Service with Samovar and Tray

Designer Josef Hoffmann Austrian
Manufacturer Wiener Werkstätte

Not on view

This polished brass service, similar in form to one Josef Hoffmann designed in 1904, represents the designer’s interest in austere forms and smooth surfaces. The stylistic trend towards unadorned forms reached its high point in the metal works of the early Wiener Werkstätte. It was out of a silver workshop in Vienna that Wiener Werkstätte originally sprang. Unlike the workshop’s ceramics and glassware, which were manufactured in other factories, silver and metal works were executed by the Wiener Werkstätte artists themselves. This particular set was produced in only twenty-nine copies. After 1910, Hoffmann’s designs would move towards more elegant and ornate forms.

No image available

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.