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  • Place of origin:

    Vienna (made)

  • Date:

    1905-1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated silver on brass with glass liner

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Josef Hoffmann studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Carl von Hasenauer and Otto Wagner and was influenced by their theories of a functional, modernist architecture. After winning the Rome prize in 1895 and joining Wagner's office, he established his own office in 1898 and taught at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule from 1899 to 1936. He was a founding member of the Vienna Secession, an avant-garde group of artists and architects. In 1903 he founded the Wiener Werkstätte with Koloman Moser. Hoffmann's earliest works reflect the Vienna Secession's variant of Art Nouveau and his later work shows a pioneering use of geometric and abstract design. His most famous building, the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, built 1905-1911, exemplifies the ideal of the 'Gesamtkunstwerk' or 'total work of art'.

Physical description

The base of the vase is supported on a narrow rim and the upper surface is slightly domed. The central shaft is circular. Rising from the base, for approximately the first quarter of the length of the shaft, the decoration consists of four rows of regularly spaced, square perforations. The remainder of the shaft is pierced by long rectangular sections leaving regularly placed strips of metal rising almost to the top of the vessel. The glass liner protrudes slightly above the metal shaft.

Place of Origin

Vienna (made)


1905-1910 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Electroplated silver on brass with glass liner

Marks and inscriptions

Stamp for Argentor


Diameter: 7 cm, Height: 17.7 cm

Descriptive line

Vase, electroplated silver on brass with glass liner, made by Hoffmann School, Vienna, 1905-1910.

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

Moderne Vergangenheit, p. 323, cat. no. 272.


Nickel silver; Silver; Glass


Electroplating; Piercing; Glass-blowing


Metalwork; Household objects


Metalwork Collection

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