What's for sale?
This is a large, attractive and modern, ceramic bowl with brass-plated metal rim. It was made around 1910 to 1918 by the two German companies WMF and Wächtersbach. The pottery bowl was made by Wächtersbach, the metal details by WMF.
The bowl was part of a range of kitchenware which included plates, trays, cake stands, etc. The same forms were decorated in a variety of modern-looking patterns like this, which is referenced by the printed "Dec. 2000" on the base.
On this piece, the metalwork only comprises a brass-plated band around the rim, to protect the bowl from everyday use. This was probably either a fruit bowl, or a salad bowl.
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.
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:
- Decor 2000 (the decoration number)
Also impressed on the base, but the other way up:
On the outside rim of the metalwork is the faint WMF mark in a diamond shape, which was in use from around 1890 to 1925.
What condition is it in?
- In fair to good condition
- No chips, cracks or dents
- The metal is tarnished in several places and the brass-plating is badly worn
- The ceramic is crazed on the inside and out, with marks and discolouration in places
What are the measurements?
- 10cm high
- 19cm rim diameter
- 22cm base diameter
- 1203 grams
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