WW MAK archive, Model No. S498.
cf. New Worlds. German and Austrian Art, 1890 - 1940, Renée Price, ed., Neue Galerie exhibition catalogue, New York, November 16, 2001 - 18 February, 2002, Cat. No. III.24, example for Samuel Waerndorfer (illustrated. p. 431).
See also: Waltraud Neuwirth, Wiener Werkstätte. Avant Garde, Art Deco, Industrial Design,, 1984, p. 40/42, No. 15, the service in silver, with tray Model No. S294, described and illustrated.
Viennese Silver. Modern Design 1780 - 1918, Michael Huey, ed., Neue Galerie exhibition catalogue, New York, October 17, 2003 - February 16, 2004, No. 51, p. 109, variant design illustrated.
The present tray is the largest of the three size options offered by the Wiener Werkstätte. Only a very small number of examples in this large size were produced - either in silver or alpaca.
Konrad Schindel worked as a metalworker with the Wiener Werkstätte from its inception in May 1903. With him in these early months were just two other skilled workers - silversmith Karl Kallert and another metalworker Konrad Koch. Their workshops were two rooms of the three room apartment which was the WW's very first premises at Heumühlgasse 6, Vienna VI. By October 1903, more extensive premises had been taken at Neustiftgasse 32-34, Vienna VII, allowing for the setting up of workshops for gold, silver and metalwork, bookbinding and leatherwork, wood and lacquer work, and an architectural office.