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Hoffmann Josef


Masterpieces Spring 2022

consisting of: Teapot, creamer, sugar bowl with lid, sugar tongs, tray

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 spacers (these replaced), handles of finely carved double twisted ivory, lids with stylized pinecone 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 tongs: L 12 cm, creamer: H 15.5 cm
Provenance Private collection, United Kingdom
Literature Contemporary photographs in the Wiener Werkstätte photo archives at the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna, inv. no. WWF 96-236-1 and WWF 137-11-1; design drawings inv. no. KI-12056-22, KI-12056-23-1, KI-12056-24-1, KI-12056-24-2, KI-12056-25-1

The Wiener Werkstätte pattern book records the production of 3 such tea sets – one each in 1922, 1924 and 1926. Josef Hoffmann also exhibited one of these sets at the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925.

In 2014, we showed an identical set at the TEFAF (catalogue number 30), which we had acquired in the USA and sold to a renowned art collector.

Shown at: MAK Vienna, Josef Hoffmann 1870-1956. Progress Through Beauty, December 2021 until June 2022

Cat. Nr. M22/08

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