• 20th Century Decorative Art &  auction at Christies

    Sale 5942

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    30 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 178

    JOSEF HOFFMANN (1870-1950)

    ASPARAGUS TONGS, DESIGNED 1907

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    JOSEF HOFFMANN (1870-1950)
    ASPARAGUS TONGS, DESIGNED 1907
    silver, executed by Johann Fessner for the Wiener Werkstätte, stamped Austrian poinçon, WW, JH, JF, Rosemark
    7¼ in. (8.5 cm.) long


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    Neuwirth notes that six examples of this design were manufactured by
    Bachmann & Co in 1908 (contemporary cost 18 Kronen), and one example
    was manufactured in 1913 by the Wiener Werkstätte (contemporary cost 27 Kronen).

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    Provenance

    Wittgenstein Family and thence by descent.


    Literature

    Waltraud Neuwirth; Bestecke für die Wiener Werkstätte,
    Vienna, 1982, p. 106, pl. 107 (design illustrated)


    Exhibited

    MAK, Vienna, 10 December 2003 - 7 March 2004, cat.no.M128