A TWO HANDLED HAMMERED BRASS AUFSATZ VASE, BY JOSEF HOFFMANN FOR THE WIENER WERKSTÄTTE, IMPRESSED: MADE/IN/AUSTRIA, JH, WIENER/WERK/STÄTTE
H: 7.5 W: 11.75 D: 7 inches
H: 19.1 W: 29.8 D: 17.8 cm
The circular scalloped rim with a fluted cup, centering two tendrilled handles, above a conforming trumpet-shaped base.
An identical vase is illustrated by Hatje Cantz in Yearning for Beauty: The Wiener Werkstätte and the Stoclet House, Vienna, 2006, p. 330 and by Christian Brandstätter in Wonderful Wiener Werkstätte, London, 2003, p. 297.Josef Hoffmann (Austrian 1870-1956) was one of the most influential figures in early 20th century decorative arts. His contributions to and co-founding of both the Viennese Secession and the Wiener Werkstätte had profound impacts on the Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Modernist movements. Hoffmann's buildings, furniture and decorative objects emphasized the simplicity and functionality found in basic geometric shapes. His students included Egon Schiele, Le Crobusier, and Dagobert Peche.