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Box Josef Hoffmann Copper Ceramics Figurine Klieber Wiener Werkstaette



Finest as well as rare lidded box made during Art Nouveau Period on behalf of Wiener Werkstaette. Related box is signed at reverse side by signet of Josef Hoffmann & by characters 'MADE IN AUSTRIA' enclosed by square as well as by word mark 'Wiener Werkstätte' as it was used as from the year 1909. The bellied box with lid - based on three feet - is made of copper / its surface is decorated with arched lines as well as with so-said 'Hammerschlagdekor' (= a decorative hammered finish) / the bowl is gilt inside (slight sings of wear at inner side visible). - Finally, the tapered lid is topped with a sculptured ceramics figurine, made in style of Anton Klieber's (1886 - 1971) lovely small 'heart-figurines'. Designer Josef Hoffmann (1870 / Czechia - 1956 / Vienna) = original drawing (made by pencil on paper) deriving from the MAK (= Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna / Austria) - Wiener Werkstaette Archive - existing (a related picture is attached here). Designed before 1910. Short Biography of Josef Hoffmann: - world-famous architect (for example Sanatorium in Purkersdorf / Lower Austria & Palais Stoclet in Brussels) - designer of interiours (for example: Cabaret Fledermaus) as well as of furniture pieces and objects of daily use 1897: Josef Hoffmann was one of the founders of Viennese Secession / he and J. M. Olbrich were the most important architects there 1899 - 1937 Hoffmann was Professor at Viennese School of Applied Arts 1912: Foundation of Austrian so-said Werkbund (J.Hoffmann was member of it until the year 1920) Material: Copper & gilt inside Ceramics (painted & glazed) Vienna / Austria made circa 1910-20 Size: total diameter: 12.0 cm / 4.72 inches diameter at mouth: 9.0 cm / 3.54 inches height: 18.5 cm / 7.28 inches Condition: Very good (there aren't any damages existing) / there are some slight signs of use at bowl's inner side.


  • Creator
    Josef Hoffmann (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 7.28 in. (18.5 cm)Diameter: 4.72 in. (11.99 cm)
  • Style
    Art Nouveau (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1910-1920
  • Condition
    there aren't any damages existing / there are some slight signs of use at bowl's inner side.
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1014412924731

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About Josef Hoffmann (Designer)

The Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann was a central figure in the evolution of modern design, and a leader in an aesthetic movement born in Europe in the late 19th century that rejected florid, extravagant ornamentation in favor of a new emphasis on simplicity of line. As a founder of the turn-of-the-century Wiener Werkstätte (in English: the Viennese Workshops), a design cooperative that produced superbly crafted furniture and housewares, Hoffmann was a pioneering practitioner of what would become a fundamental principle of modernism: that good design is a way of life.

     Hoffmann came of age amidst a shift in the culture of the applied arts, as a conservative order that looked only to the past for inspiration was pushed aside. But what, exactly, would replace that order was in question — and Hoffmann’s career embodies the developing patterns of design’s new spirit. His architectural work reflects his time as a student of the Vienna architect Otto Wagner, who disdained excessive decoration and employed new materials such as steel girders and reinforced concrete to create buildings with airy, open interiors full of light. As a designer of furniture and interiors, Hoffmann was consistently open-minded about the aesthetics he explored. He was an early adherent of the flowing, organic forms of the Art Nouveau design movement that began to flourish in the late 1880s — but by the opening of the Wiener Werkstätte in 1903, Hoffmann’s designs embraced the beauty of geometry in pieces that feature grids and angular forms.

     Hoffmann’s greatest works reflect his ability to combine seemingly conflicting design visions into coherent wholes. His architectural masterpiece, the Stoclet Palace in Brussels, has an exterior that groups together simple geometric forms and spacious interiors marked by subtly naturalistic design details that lend rooms an air of charm and geniality. Hoffmann’s signature furniture design is an adjustable lounge chair — the Sitzmaschine (1905) — that marries a curving frame with square and rectangular back- and side rests. This piece, like so many others by Hoffmann, reflects a groundbreaking, forward-thinking appreciation for the union of different looks and sources that marks the best of interior design in our own day. Moreover, items offered on these pages — which range from enameled silver jewelry, to a silver flower vase basket, to lighting pendants and sconces — testify to the astonishing breadth of Hoffman’s creative pursuits. He was truly a giant of design.

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