Silver tea service Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstatte ca. 1918

SKU 420

Complete tea service, Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstatte, 1918-1920, silver and ivory, marked

  • Height: 17cm, Width: 41cm, Depth: 37cm
  • 1918 to 1920
    Epoch: Art Nouveau
    Technique: Beaten silver, ivory
    Bib.: WW production books with design drawings and technical data. Only 2 copies were executed, 1918-1920; Archive of the Wiener Werkstätte in the Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, contemporary original photo, Inv. no. WWF 96-189-5; WW-archive, MAK Vienna, design drawings Inv. no. KI 12055-23, KI 12055-26, KI 12055-27-1

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    The design philosophy of the Wiener Werkstätte included “the permeation of the entire living space with art and beauty”. The artists and craftsmen of the traditional Viennese manufactory took this motto very literally and produced objects for everyday use from all areas of life. Josef Hoffmann was one of the most important designers of the Wiener Werkstätte. His best-known objects include furniture and tableware. Especially his coffee and tea services enjoy a special status among collectors and in museums. In these works of art, which consist of several pieces, his unmistakable style and the perfect execution of the Wiener Werkstätte craftsmen are particularly impressive.

    This tea service was designed around 1918. At that time, precious metals and luxury goods such as ivory were already very rare. According to the MAK, two pieces of this set were produced, one in 1918 and a second in 1920. The workmanship is, as usual, almost perfect. The ivory is undamaged and the silver has been beautifully processed. In addition, our set is absolutely complete.

    Please note that for this item we do not provide shipping to the US. The shipment of this item into the US is under the full responsibility and liability of the client.


    Josef Hoffmann (Brtnice 1870 - 1956 Vienna), co-founder of the Viennese Secession and of the Wiener Werkstätte, was an extremely productive and versatile architect and designer. Throughout his career he experimented with various forms, techniques and materials. In his designs, he was striving for a strong reduction of the form to the essential and was a pioneer of geometric Jugendstil. This is how his characteristic geometric style was established. The scope of his designs ranges from buildings and entire interiors, following the concept of the “Gesamtkunstwerk” (total work of art), all the way to small details of everyday life. One of his most significant works is the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, a Gesamtkunstwerk which he executed for a wealthy entrepreneur between 1905 and 1911 in collaboration with, among others, Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser.


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