WMF Wächtersbach Art Nouveau Jugendstil Small Serving Tray

A small, metal and ceramic serving tray designed by Christian Neureuther and possibly Joseph Olbrich. Second-hand.

What's for sale?

This is a metal and ceramic serving tray, made in the early 1900's by the German companies WMF and Wächtersbach Keramik. 

This tray was part of a range of household items such as preserve jars, bread bins, tea pot stands and so on.

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 ceramic base of the tray is surrounded by a metal gallery border with vertical slits. It's completed by four small ball feet and two handles which have been engraved with a floral design.

It's a nice example Jugendstil (Art Nouveau style), which developed in Germany after an 1887 publication of the Munich magazine "Jugend" promoted a local version of Art Nouveau.

This pattern is referenced by the "Dec. 1876" on the base. This is one of the rarer of these WMF Wächtersbach patterns around today. And although it's over 100 years old, it still looks fresh and modern to us.

Who made it and when?

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

  • Dec 1876 (the decoration number)

What condition is it in?

  • Second-hand
  • In fair condition
  • No chips or damaged metalwork
  • The ceramic base has a lot of crazing but is otherwise undamaged
  • The metal is tarnished from age
  • On one side the surface is heavily marked, as shown

What are the measurements?

  • 35cm length (13.75 inches approx.)
  • 20.5cm width (8 inches approx.)
  • 4cm high (1.5 inches approx.)
  • 714 grams

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

WMF Wächtersbach
Stock ID:
1 in stock

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