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Fruit Bowl Bowl

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

Greatly influenced by early 19th-century German and Austrian neoclassical design, Josef Hoffmann’s bowl mixes classical fluting with a surface showing light- catching hammer marks typical of early 20th-century handwork. Pioneering architect Ely Jacques Kahn gave this bowl to Cooper Hewitt.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week 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.

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

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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

Fruit Bowl Bowl; Designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, b. Moravia, 1870–1956); Produced by Wiener Werkstätte (Austria); Austria; 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 exhibitions The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s and Making Design.

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