Spectacular German WMF Silverplate Art Nouveau Tea and Coffee Set
Item #1450 SOLD
This five piece set is a perfect example of transitional design as its fluid, Art Nouveau embellishments also have an early Art Deco point of view. It is ornate,yet refined. Organic and geometric. It’s one of the best we have been able to offer and silver tea and coffee services are one of our specialties. Whether you use it every day , or simply leave it to decorate a dining table or buffet it will bring a touch elegance into your home.
Every piece is in outstanding condition, including the tray with its wonderful octagonal shape. The tiny decorative element is a fish motif. and the pattern is most unusual.
The set bears the marks of the WMF silver company, the intials of the famous German foundry ” Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik”, most often simply called WMF. It was founded in the 1853 as a partnership between Daniel Straub and Josef and Friedrich Schweizer, and in 1892 developed a special technique for silver plating in which the silver coating is of double thickness in any parts that will be exposed to greater wear and tear. This patented process is called “Perfect Hard Silver Plating”.
In 1910, under the art direction of Albert Mayer, WMF became famous for its Art Nouveau style and established companies for world wide exports in London, Warsaw and Vienna. Many pieces were sent to Argentina between 1910 and 1930, and it is likely that Harrods Department Store which opened in Buenos Aires in 1912 was one of the major importers of decorative pieces such as this tea and coffee set.
Coffee 10 ” X 8″ W
Tea 8″ T x 8.5″ W
Sugar 6″ T x 6″ W
Creamer 4.75″ T X 4.5″W