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Hoffmann Josef

Museum-quality silver tea set

Wiener Werkstätte
About the artist Brtnice 1870 – 1956 Vienna
Designed by Josef Hoffmann, Vienna, 1922
Executed by Wiener Werkstätte, model nos. S 5369 – S se 8-1, S 5370 – S se 8-2, S 5371 – S se 8-3, S 5372 – S se 8-4, S 5373 – S se 8-5
Marked JH, WIENER WERK STÄTTE (3 lines), WW, Austrian hallmark - head of hoopoe (W for Vienna, 2 for 900/1000), 900
Material Silver chased and hammered, teapot and creamer with ivory spacer (these replaced), finely carved ivory double-looped handles, lids with stylized pine cone finials, finest quality of silversmith craftsmanship, excellent original condition
Dimensions Tray: W 48 cm, D 45 cm, teapot: H 26 cm, sugar bowl: H 18 cm, sugar tong: L 12 cm, creamer: H 15.5 cm
Provenance Private collection, United Kingdom
Literature Contemporary photographs preserved in the Wiener Werkstätte photographic archives at the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna, inv. no. WWF 96-236-1 and WWF 137-11-1, design drawing inv. no. KI-12056-22, KI-12056-23-1, KI-12056-24-1, KI-12056-24-2, KI-12056-25-1
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consisting of: teapot, creamer, covered sugar bowl, sugar tong, tray

According to the Wiener Werkstätte pattern book, 3 such tea sets had been produced, one in 1922, one in 1924 and one in 1926. Josef Hoffmann also exhibited one of these sets at the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925.n 2014, we showed an identical set at the Tefaf (catalogue number 30). We had acquired this set in the USA and sold it to an eminent art collector.

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Museum-quality silver tea set ⋅ Wiener Werkstätte ⋅ Hoffmann Josef

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