London, South Kensington
30 September 2009
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
Wittgenstein Family and thence by descent.
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Waltraud Neuwirth; Bestecke für die Wiener Werkstätte,
Vienna, 1982, p. 106, pl. 107 (design illustrated)
MAK, Vienna, 10 December 2003 - 7 March 2004, cat.no.M128
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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