WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) Art Nouveau chamberstick with a stylized, sweeping, open handle. The unusual example has a hinged top storage compartment to hold matches. A striker is built into the top. The lovely Jugendstil design has foliates in relief to complete the design. Illustrated in the well-known WMF 1906 catalogue, page 117. Firm's marks upon the handle. Germany circa 1900. 5" W., 7" L.
Nineteenth-century, hinged wine bottle holder. The lovely, classic design opens to allow placement of the bottle and when closed, handles meet to allow pouring. The silvered holder has hallmarks of the William Hutton & Sons workshop of Sheffield circa 1890. Accommodates Pinot Noir-, Chardonnay-, Syrah- type bottles. 10 1/4" H.
Magnificent bottle stand by the WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop. Three nude sea sirens clasp hands as they encircle the stand among choppy rising waves. A tripod support of lily pads and flowers upholds the stand with pendant grapes festooning above. Workshop marks beneath. Germany circa 1907. 4 1/4" H., 5 1/8" W.
Antique silver niello Russian snuff box with scrolling niello vines. Date stamp for Moscow 1886 along with 84 mark for 875 silver purity. Maker GK, Gustav Gustavovich Klingert, who was awarded international medals in European cities including London, Paris and Antqerp in 1880's-1890's. Assay master Viktor Vasilyevich Savinsky. 2 1/4" W., 3 1/4" L.
Reticulated design typifies the fluidity of Art Nouveau with rambling, interlacing florals and vines. Top circumference is highlighted with open flower heads. Four footed florettes support the elegant bottle stand. Made by WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) in Germany circa 1907. Firm's makrs beneath.4 3/4" W., 4 1/8" H.
Among WMF's finest Secession interpretations. The bold vase with its gitterwerk open handles rises above a geometic support. A frieze depicting warriors and maidens in various pursuits enhances each side. Original cut crystal liner with fanning corners rests within. Losses to high points. Stunning form! Illustrated in the Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik catalogue, page 371. Firm's marks upon base. 13 1/8" H., 7" W.
Very fine, large WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) Art Nouveau wine or Champagne cooler. Each of the tri-form sides depicts in high relief a different castle from the Rhine and Mosel Valleys. The castles are nestled among naturalistic landscapes in deep relief as well. Three pierced handles adorn the top section. Firm's marks beneath. Made in Germany circa 1900. 11 1/2" H., 9 1/4" W. at handles
Vienna Secession basket designed by architect Hans Ofner (1880-1939) and made in the Argentor workshop in Austria circa 1905. Crystal liner rests within rounded frame displaying gitterwerk elements upon its circumference as well as its open handle. Ofner studied with Josef Hoffmann at the Kunstgewerbescule. He went on to create Vienna Secession interiors along with fine metalwork, furniture and jewelry. An Ofner gitterwerk vase by Argentor is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 7 1/2" H., 5 1/2" W.
Lovely double-end silver egg cup decorated with detailed panels depicting open-winged eagles and florettes. Stamped 1st standard Minerva mark for 950 Fine Silver along with maker mark. France circa 1890. 1 5/8" W., 2" H.
Most unusual example of a fine Art Nouveau silver card case. Rambling vines along with daffodils in high relief are upon the cover of the case. The case, with its spring mechanism, opens to reveal a beautifully fitted interior of moire silk. Each side has a gusset pocket to hold a card. The form accommodates modern- day-size business cards. Impressed marks for 800 fine silver along with maker stamp: Germany circa 1900. 2 5/8" W., 4" L.
Stunning design! A robust wide band of foliates in high relief encircles the wine, or Champagne cooler. Curving handles with scroll elements further enhance the elegant form. Made by the Orivit workshop, well-known for fine Art Nouveau design in Cologne, Germany circa 1910. 9 1/4" H., 11 1/2" W. to handles
Silver vodka cup engraved with foliate and architectural designs. Assay mark for Anatoly Appollonovich Artsybashev, Moscow 1889. Light gilding within. 2" H.
Interlacing, high Art Nouveau rambling vines adorn the wine bottle stand. A central maiden with cascading hair in the manner of Alphonse Mucha is upon two sides of the stunning design. Made by the well-known WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) in Germany circa 1900. Impressed marks beneath. 3 1/4" H., 4 1/8" W.
Stunning high Art Nouveau wine bottle stand. Reticulated whiplash Art Nouveau florals and vines ramble about the form. Pinched wave edges complete the design, which is supported by a raised bevel foot. Made in Germany circa 1900. 3 1/8": H., 4 3/8" W.
Fine Bruckmann silver four piece coffee and tea service designed by Josef M. Lock. Each vertically lobed piece with tiered dome top mounted with ebonized wooden handles is hand-hammered; cream & sugar with gilded interiors. Made in 1919 in the renowned Bruckmann & Sohne workshop in Heilbronn, Germany. 800 Fine Silver as well as firm's marks and retailer beneath. Another example of this service is in the permanent collection of the Brohan Museum in Berlin. Pictured page 77 in the museum's book "Metallkunst." Peter Bruckmann, director of the silver workshop was the first president of the Deutscher Werkbund founded in 1907. Dimensions: 7 3/4" H. Coffeepot; 6 3/4" H. Teapot; 4 1/4" H., Creamer; 4 3/4" H. Sugar
Quite elegant wine or Champagne basket caddy. The silvered holder has beautiful reticulated work as well as bead-edge detail. Made in England circa 1910. 4" W., 9 1/4" L., 7 3/4" H.
Stunning Art Nouveau wine bottle stand made in Vienna by the Argentor workshop circa 1902. A frieze of elegant reticulated foliates rises above a raised support base. The tops of the six-leaf forms create a scallop-design opening. The Argentor firm, located in Wimbergerstrasser in Vienna, was founded by Ernst Russ and Adolf Wilhelm Hetzel. Illustrated in an early Argentor Werke catalog, page 82. 4 1/2" H.
Lovely Jugendstil bottle stand with three sections of florals in relief. Reticulated elements rise above each section. The elegant stand was made in Germany circa 1900. 3 1/8" H., 3 7/8" W.