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Bowl (Austria), 1917

This is a Bowl. It was designed by Josef Hoffmann and produced by Wiener Werkstätte. It is dated 1917 and we acquired it in 1962. Its medium is raised and engraved silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

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 object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Flute song in silver.

This object was donated by Ely Jacques Kahn. It is credited Gift of Ely Jacques Kahn.

Our curators have highlighted 25 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Vase (Austria), 1923
  • chased, raised, cast, and applied silver.
  • Gift of Ely Jacques Kahn.
  • 1962-227-2

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.

Cite this object as

Bowl (Austria), 1917; Designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, b. Moravia, present-day Czech Republic, 1870–1956); raised and engraved silver; H x W x D: 21.7 x 39 x 34.4cm (8 9/16 x 15 3/8 x 13 9/16in.); Gift of Ely Jacques Kahn; 1962-227-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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