- Want more images or videos?Request additional images or videos from the seller
Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstatte Vienna circa 1920 Silver Dish, Pair
- CreatorJosef Hoffmann (Designer)
- DimensionsHeight: 3 in. (7.62 cm)Width: 5 in. (12.7 cm)Depth: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
- Sold AsSet of 2
- StyleArt Nouveau (Of the Period)
- Materials and Techniques
- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacture1920
- ConditionMinor losses.
- Seller LocationOakland, CA
- Reference NumberSeller: 30551stDibs: LU871421990902
Shipping & Returns
- ShippingRates vary by destination and complexity.Ships From: Oakland, CA
- Return Policy
A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.
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.
- By WMF Württembergische MetallwarenfabrikLocated in Oakland, CAThis opulent silver and etched glass punch bowl and ladle are the very epitome of Art Nouveau design. It has all...Category
Vintage 1910s German Art Nouveau Serving BowlsMaterials
- By Jean DespresLocated in Oakland, CAJean Despres important French designer, known for original jewelry designs, champagne buckets, cocktail shakers,...Category
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco TablewareMaterials
- By WMF Württembergische MetallwarenfabrikLocated in Oakland, CAWMF, in circa 1906. Can you imagine a time of elegance when every well-appointed home had something of this styl...Category
Vintage 1910s German Art Nouveau CenterpiecesMaterials
- Located in Oakland, CAA 1920s sliver champagne cooler with lovely “repousse” embellishment of a cascading wreath of flowers. The handl...Category
Vintage 1920s German Art Nouveau BarwareMaterials
You May Also Like
Vintage 1920s Austrian Art Nouveau Decorative Baskets
Vintage 1920s European Jugendstil Decorative Bowls
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Art Deco Decorative Baskets
20th Century Austrian Decorative Bowls
20th Century Austrian Vases
Vintage 1920s Austrian Art Nouveau Decorative Bowls
Early 20th Century Austrian Jugendstil Boxes
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Jugendstil Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières