Austrian, 1868 - 1918
Wiener Werkstätte, manufacturer (Vienna)
Bud vase, c. 1904–1906
H. 8 1/2 x W. 3 x D. 2 in.
During its early years, the Wiener Werkstätte produced objects known for their simple elegance, geometric refinement, and ornamental restraint. As cofounders of the group, Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser collaborated so often that their pieces are sometimes indistinguishable, especially their gitterwerk (lattice works), a series of metal tablewares characterized by their pierced grid patterns. Designed for the wealthy, the silver gitterwerk were intended to harmonize with luxurious interiors and often were one-of-a-kind. Equally stylish but less costly, the gitterwerke made from painted tin, like this bud vase, were aimed at a broader market and usually produced in editions of five or more.