Centerpiece, Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstatte, early 1920s, marked
Marked with artist’s monogram “JH” for Josef Hoffmann, “WIENER/WERK/STÄTTE”
modell number: M shas 20
Bib. Archive of the Wiener Werkstatte in the Museum of applied Arts Vienna, genuine photo, inv. nr. WWF 114-10-1
Josef Hoffmann designed a number of significant works of art in the 1920s. These are still considered to be pioneering the discipline of object-design until today. This unusual centrepiece also dates from this particularly creative period. After World War I polished brass was increasingly used due to its distinguishable gold look. The designs of this period reflect the taste of the era and are a testimony to the longing for normality and high-quality design after the terrors of World War I.
The widening shape of the bowl is reminiscent of a stylized calyx. The minimalist design is enhanced by a single decorative element in the form of a thick rope wrapped around the connection between foot and bowl. The alternate flat and grooved surfaces underline the virtues of the material.
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