WMF Wächtersbach Art Nouveau Jugendstil Serving Tray

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

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What's for sale?

This is a serving tray made around 1910 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 pattern in cream and grey. The pattern is referenced by the "Dec. 2000" on the underneath.

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 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.


A small number of other patterns were used in addition to this. They still look fresh and modern today and are nice examples of Jugendstil (Art Nouveau style) from this period. 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, around 1910. The maker's mark on the base reads:

  • WMF.
  • Dec 2000 (the pattern or decoration 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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WMF Wächtersbach
Stock ID:
Out of stock.

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