WMF Wächtersbach Art Nouveau Jugendstil Storage Box

An early 20th century, metal and ceramic storage box 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 box, made around 1910 to 1918 by German companies WMF and Wächtersbach. The pottery box was made by Wächtersbach, the metal details by WMF.

The box 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.

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 metalwork comprises a C-shaped handle, attached to the lid by two small round-headed pins and a hasp with rolled thumb catch, folding over a larger ball to close.

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.

This pattern is referenced by the "Dec. 2000" on the base. It's fresh and modern-looking and doesn't look over 100 years old to us.

Who made it and when?

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

  • Dec 2000 (the decoration number)
  • dvpsb 1504
  • 2888/1

And on the hinge inside the box is an arched ostrich mark and 142. This mark was apparently used by WMF for exports to France from 1909 to 1918.

What condition is it in?

  • Second-hand
  • In good condition
  • No chips or cracks
  • The metal shows its age in many places
  • The hinges, handle and hasp are all fully operational

What are the measurements?

  • 10cm high
  • 20.5cm width
  • 12cm depth
  • 1257 grams

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WMF Wächtersbach
Stock ID:
Out of stock.

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