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Place setting
  • Place setting
    Hoffmann, Josef, born 1870 - died 1956
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Place setting

  • Place of origin:

    Vienna, Austria (made)

  • Date:

    1907 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hoffmann, Josef, born 1870 - died 1956 (designer)
    Wiener Werkstätte (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The severe forms and clean, undecorated lines of this cutlery are typical of the early designs of Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956). A distinguished Austrian architect, Hoffmann was also one of the most influential designers of the 20th century.

In 1903, Hoffman and fellow architect and designer Koloman Moser visited England. Here they were inspired by the example of the Guild of Handicraft, a cooperative handicraft workshop set up Charles Robert Ashbee in the East End of London. On returning to Vienna they established the Wiener Werkstätte, and these exclusive Viennese workshops made this cutlery.

At first Hoffman’s metalwork designs for the Werkstätte were severely rectilinear and geometric, owing much to the work of the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. However, towards the 1920s Hoffman’s designs became much more curvilinear.

Place of Origin

Vienna, Austria (made)


1907 (made)


Hoffmann, Josef, born 1870 - died 1956 (designer)
Wiener Werkstätte (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

All pieces are monogrammed with the engraved initials R, T set within engraved squares, one above the other.

Descriptive line

Electroplate, Vienna 1907, made by the Wiener Werkstatte, designed by Josef Hoffmann for the Cabaret Fledermaus.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Moderne Vergangenheit Wien 1800-1900, catalogue number 250, p.316, ill.
Exhibition catalogue


Eating; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

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