Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries

Spoon

ca. 1908 (made), 1902 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The design originated in a commission that the State of Weimar gave to van de Velde. It was for presentation to the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar in 1902.

Henri Van de Velde studied painting at the Antwerp Academy, but in 1892 he decided to become a designer. He was greatly influenced by the writings of John Ruskin and William Morris. By 1898 he had founded his own studio and factory near Brussels. In 1900 he moved his office to Berlin. He was a prolific writer, and wrote many articles in which he stressed the importance of line in ornament. His early graphic designs are often completely abstract. His early metalwork designs also show great freedom and invention in the prevailing Art Nouveau style.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver
Dimensions
  • Length: 22.5cm
  • Width: 4.05cm
  • Weight: 87.6g
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
left hand edge of stem: “925” denoting purity, German standard mark, crown, moon no maker’s mark
Object history
The design originated in a commission from van de Velde by the State of Weimar for presentation to the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar in 1902.

(Henry Van de Velde born Antwerp, 1863 - died Zurich, 1957)

Van de Velde initially studied painting at the Antwerp Academy, before deciding on a career as a designer in 1892. He was heavily influenced by the writings of John Ruskin and William Morris. By 1898, he had founded his own studio and factory near Brussels, moving his office to Berlin in 1900. A prolific writer, he stressed the importance of line in ornament in his many articles. His early graphic designs are often completely abstract and his early metalwork designs also display remarkable freedom and invention in the prevailing Art Nouveau style.
Summary
The design originated in a commission that the State of Weimar gave to van de Velde. It was for presentation to the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar in 1902.



Henri Van de Velde studied painting at the Antwerp Academy, but in 1892 he decided to become a designer. He was greatly influenced by the writings of John Ruskin and William Morris. By 1898 he had founded his own studio and factory near Brussels. In 1900 he moved his office to Berlin. He was a prolific writer, and wrote many articles in which he stressed the importance of line in ornament. His early graphic designs are often completely abstract. His early metalwork designs also show great freedom and invention in the prevailing Art Nouveau style.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
Henry van de Velde, Ein europaischer Kunstler seiner Zeit, Klaus-Jurgen Sembach and Birgit Schulfe, Wienand Verlag, Cologne, 1992, p. 308.
Collection
Accession Number
M.31-1993

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