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 object has been included in the following exhibitions:
- Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005, May - August 13, 2006