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What is this?

A fluted oval raised silver fruit bowl with matte finish, engraved with a monogram on the sides, all on a raised fluted oval foot that splays out from the bowl.

Why is this in our collection?

The fluted sides of Hoffmann’s raised silver bowl mimic the channels on the Ionic and Corinthian marble columns of Greek temples. Hand-hammered marks from raising the bowl from a sheet of silver create a contemporary feel while simultaneously reflecting classical aesthetics.

This is a bowl from Austria. It is dated 1917 and we acquired it in 1962. Gift of Ely Jacques Kahn.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 206 as part of Making Design.

Its medium is

raised and engraved silver

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 21.7 x 39 x 34.4cm (8 9/16 x 15 3/8 x 13 9/16in.)

It has the following markings

Five hallmarks are stamped on the lip of the bowl: - Monogram of the crafts workshops of the Wiener Werkstätte - Profile stamp of silver standard for Austria - Workshop stamp - Registered trademark of the Wiener Werkstätte, turned sideways on the lip of the bowl - Monogram mark of Josef Hoffmann.

This object was designed by Josef Hoffmann and produced by Wiener Werkstätte

This object was donated by Ely Jacques Kahn

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Bowl (Austria), 1917 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=3 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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