WMF Wächtersbach Art Nouveau Jugendstil Biscuit Barrel

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

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What's for sale?

This is an attractive, modern, metal and ceramic biscuit barrel, made around 1910 to 1918 by German companies WMF and Wächtersbach. The pottery barrel was made by Wächtersbach, the metal details by WMF.

The barrel was part of a range of kitchenware that included plates, trays, cake stands and other homeware. The same shapes were decorated in a variety of similarly modern-looking patterns like this one, which is referenced by the printed "Dec. 2000" on the base.

For this piece, the metalwork comprises the mounting around the rim, the lid which sits neatly into it and the handle. The handle is completed by a wicker grip.

This range is a good example of how Jugendstil modernised the look of Art Nouveau. Jugendstil developed in Germany after an 1887 publication of the Munich magazine "Jugend", promoting their local version of Art Nouveau. To us, it's still fresh and modern-looking. 

The design is most likely by ceramist Christian Neureuther (1869-1921), who founded what became the Wächtersbach art department. The decoration is at very least influenced by the Austrian architect Joseph Olbrich (1867-1908), an important designer 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, around 1910. The printed and impressed maker's marks on the base read:

  • Dec 2000 (the decoration number)
  • 183/5

On the outside rim of the metalwork is the WMF mark in a diamond shape, which was in use from around 1890 to 1925.

What condition is it in?

  • Second-hand
  • In very good condition
  • No chips, cracks or dents
  • The metal has faint scratches and swirls
  • The metal is tarnished where the handle pivots
  • The wicker handle is complete and undamaged

What are the measurements?

  • 25cm high to top of handle
  • 14.5cm to top of barrel
  • 12cm diameter
  • 841 grams

If you have questions or would like more detailed pictures, just send us an email to help@3bearscottage.co.uk.

Maker
WMF Wächtersbach
Material
metal
Material
ceramic
Period
1900s
Period
1910s
Origin
Germany
Stock ID:
938
Out of stock.
Sold.

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