A rare 800 grade silver Art Déco serving spoon
A rare Art Déco serving spoon designed by Paula Straus for Bruckmann & Söhne. The circular, flat bowl attached to the ridged handle which shows a fine martelé. The handle hollowed-out to the reverse.
A fine and rare serving spoon of the interwar-era from one of the leading german lady silversmiths without inscription or monogram.
21.5 cm / 8.46″ length
Paula Straus (Stuttgart 1894 – Auschwitz 1943)
Important goldsmith and designer of jewelry, hollowware and flatware in Stuttgart. Apprenticed at the school of Arts and Crafts in Stuttgart until 1921 she became master student specialised in metal works under Paul Haustein. Later she cooperated with Haustein further on as well as with the department for cut glass and lithotomy of Wilhelm von Eiff at the school of Arts and Crafts. As of 1924/25 until the beginning 1930s working as a designer for silver hollowware and flatware for Bruckmann & Söhne in Heilbronn. From 1925 until 1930 Paula Straus and Josef Michael Lock managed the workshop for church plate. 1929 she received a lectureship at the Staatliche Hochschule für Handwerk und Baukunst (the State Technical University of Architecture and Civil Engineering) in Weimar. As from 1930 working as master goldsmith at the Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik Geislingen (WMF). 1935 move to Stuttgart where she opens a jewellery store. 1939 closure of the store by the National Socialists. In response to the “Crystal Night” pogroms from November 9th to 10th in 1938 she attempted unsuccesfully to emigrate and negotiate with Zilverfabriek Vorschooten in the Netherlands. Following the expropriation of her property in Stuttgart and Gundelfingen (1939/40) working as a kitchen assistant in the jewish retirement home in Buttenhausen near Münsingen. 1941 she became manager of the jewish retirement home in Haigerloch near Tübingen.
2nd August 1942 deportation together with her mother to Theresienstadt, in January 1943 relocation to Auschwitz where she has been murdered at 10th February.
The works by Paula Straus were characterised by a certain modern progressiveness as well as of a geometric plainness without appearing ungraceful.
The spoon is shown in Städtische Museen Heilbronn (Ed.): Silber aus Heilbronn für die Welt (P. Bruckmann & Söhne 1805- 1973), p. 150.
Cf. also: FrauenSilber. Paula Straus, Emmy Roth & Co. Silberschmiedinnen der Bauhauszeit. Exhibition catalogue of the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe 2011, Fig. p. 24