Wilhelm Widemann (1856-1915)
Widemann, the son of a silversmith, was apprenticed first to Julius Erhard and then Fritz von Miller, the Munich silversmith. After his training he spent time working in Rome producing small decorative boxes during the third quarter of the 19th century. His work during this time, as demonstrated by the present casket, was strongly influenced by the Renaissance and Baroque style. After 1883 he returned to Germany, first to Munich and later Frankfurt, eventually dying in Berlin in 1915.