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What is this?

Four tines; long handle tapers then swells at end, with two concave lobes. Back side has engraved oval near head and long lines extending down sides. JO monogram in square near end of handle, backside.

Why is this in our collection?

This design is from one of the most important early modernist flatware sets by one of the most important leaders of the Vienna Secession, Joseph Maria Olbrich. Olbrich was a brilliant Austrian architect and designer who joined forces with Josef Hoffmann and other Vienna Secessionists, worked under Otto Wagner in the 1890s and, in 1899, moved to Darmstadt at the invitation of the Duke of Hesse. Olbrich’s major commissions included the Secession Building, Vienna, Austria; Café Niedermeyer, Troppau, Austria (modern-day Opava, Czech Republic); and the Ernst Ludwig House, the Olbrich House, and the exhibition buildings at the influential Darmstadt Artists' Colony. The fork, knife, and spoon appear to be from... more

This is a fork from Germany. It is dated 1901 and we acquired it in 2001. Museum purchase through gift of Christie's in honor of Joseph Holtzman.

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Its medium is

silver-plated metal

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 21.8 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm (8 9/16 x 1 x 11/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Underside, near end of handle: JO monogram (for Joseph Olbrich) in square. Stamped CHRISTOFLE and with an inidendified (import/export) mark.

This object was manufactured by Christofle and designed by Joseph Maria Olbrich

This object was fund: General Acquisitions Endowment and purchased from Torsten Broehan

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Fork (Germany), 1901 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=27 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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