Breuhaus de Groot
German, 1883 - 1960
Würtemburgische Metalwarren Fabrik (WMF), manufacturer (Geislingen)
Centerpiece bowl, c. 1930
H. 3 3/8 x Dia. 14 in.
Fritz August Breuhaus de Groot is best known for the aluminum furniture he designed for the ill-fated Hindenburg, which went up in flames in 1937 after only a year in service. Breuhaus de Groot worked with one of the foremost producers of industrially manufactured metalware in Europe, the Würtemburgische Metalwarren Fabrik (WMF), which made everyday appliances and tablewares. This bowl clearly anticipates Breuhaus de Groot’s utilitarian designs for the Hindenburg. From the side, its profile reads as a thin line, but when viewed from above, it appears to be an unadorned disk hovering in space.