WMF Wächtersbach Art Nouveau Jugendstil Serving Tray

An early 20th century, oval, metal and ceramic waiter or serving tray, pattern 2000 and designed by Christian Neureuther. Second-hand.

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What's for sale?

This is an oval waiter or serving tray, made between 1910 to 1930 by the German companies WMF and Wächtersbach Ceramics. 

The small, pretty, central design in blue and green adds colour and interest to an otherwise straightforward grey pattern on white. The pattern is referenced by the "Dec. 2000" on the underneath and described in their 1929 trade catalogue as "Art grey on white ground".

The ceramic base is surrounded by a metal gallery border with narrow vertical slits. The metal parts of the tray are completed by four small ball feet and two handles. The metal is nickel-plated brass.

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.

The tray was part of a large range of kitchen and table ware and was also available in several other patterns. The decoration still looks fresh and modern today and is a nice example of Jugendstil as it modernised from Art Nouveau to Art Deco. Jugendstil developed in Germany after an 1887 publication of the Munich magazine "Jugend", promoted a local version of Art Nouveau.

Who made it and when?

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

  • WMF.
  • Dec 2000 (the pattern number)
  • 18 (probably the form or shape number)

What condition is it in?

  • Second-hand
  • In fair condition
  • No chips or damaged metalwork
  • The ceramic tray has some crazing and marks, which show its age
  • The base has a hairline crack in the surface which hasn't passed through to the other side
  • The metal is tarnished in several places

What are the measurements?

  • 59.5cm length
  • 31cm width
  • 4cm high
  • 1749 grams

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Maker
WMF Wächtersbach
Material
metal
Material
ceramic
Period
1900s
Origin
Germany
Stock ID:
606
Out of stock.
Sold.

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