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WMF Wächtersbach Art Deco Jugendstil Biscuit Box

An early 20th century, metal and ceramic biscuit box designed by Christian Neureuther and possibly Joseph Olbrich. Second-hand.

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What's for sale?

This is an attractive, metal and ceramic biscuit box, made around 1910 to 1930 by the German companies WMF and Wächtersbach Keramik. The metal is nickel-plated brass.

The metalwork comprises a C-shaped handle, attached to the lid by two small round-headed pins and a hasp with rolled thumb catch, folding over a larger ball to close. 

This pattern is referenced by "Dec. 2000" on the base. It was part of a large range of kitchen and table ware, decorated in a variety of patterns.

This range was still available in their 1929 trade catalogue, with pattern 2000 described as "Art grey on white ground". This biscuit box had catalogue number 7481/2000 and was available in two sizes: (8 and 9.5 inches). This 8 inch example was available to the trade for 21 shillings and 8 pence.

This range is an example of how styles evolved between Art Nouveau and Art Deco and the small squares are reminiscent of work by modernists Joseph Maria Olbrich  (1867-1908) and Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 - 1928). Jugendstil developed in Germany after an 1887 publication of the Munich magazine "Jugend", promoting their local version of Art Nouveau.

The form is probably a design by ceramist Christian Neureuther (1869-1921), who founded what became the Wächtersbach art department. The pattern particularly shows the influence of Olbrich, an Austrian architect who produced a number of similar designs for interiors, homeware, book bindings, etc.

Who made it and when?

It was made by WMF and Wächtersbach in Germany, between 1910 and 1930. The maker's mark on the base reads:

  • Dec 2000 (the pattern)
  • dvpsb 1504
  • 2888/1

And on the hinge inside the box is an arched ostrich mark and 142. This mark was in use from around 1910 until 1930.

What condition is it in?

  • Second-hand
  • In good condition
  • No chips or cracks
  • The metal shows its age in many places
  • The hinges, handle and hasp are all fully operational

What are the measurements?

  • 10cm high (4 inches)
  • 20.5cm width (8 inches)
  • 12cm depth (4.75 inches)
  • 1257 grams

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WMF Wächtersbach
Early 20th century (1900-1949)
Stock ID:
Out of stock.

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