An important 800 grade silver mocha service on tray
An important 800 grade silver mocha service on tray ‘cylindrische Form aus angestoßenen Zargen’ [“cylindrical shape of adjoined ribs”],
Heilbronn circa 1926, designed by Josef Hoffmann for the “Wiener Werkstätte”,
executed by Bruckmann & Söhne
The cylindrical, ribbed bodies standing on four feet. The lid of the mocha pot hinged to he back, the lid of the sugar box detachable. Both lids are terminated by a looped knob. The tray with narrow edges to the inner side to hold a glass plate. The handle of the mocha pot provided with ivory mounts.
The absence of the eagle maker´s mark of Bruckmann & Söhne as well as of the model number indicate that the present mocha service hasn´t been intended for regular production. This mocha service was designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1926 for the Wiener Werkstätte. This service is extremly rare and was produced in a very small quantity only. Until a few years only the design drawing was known. The drawing is illustrated in: Städtische Museen Heilbronn (ed.) “Silber aus Heilbronn für die Welt – P. Bruckmann & Söhne (1805 – 1973)”, Heilbronn 2001. P. 74, Fig. 24. This museum quality mocha service is a good gauge of silver and in excllent presentation condition. It has been created with great sophistication both in artistic respect and in constructional details:
The glass plate to the tray has among pragmatical reasons in respect to the protective function also stylistic side effect, as the pieces of the service seem to hover above the tray. The vertical ribbed bodies give a certain lightness to the set.
An another detail which underlines the great inventiveness of Josef Hoffmann being typical for him as one of the most important designers of the 20th century is the combination of decorative elements with the practical aspect of the use: The ivory mounts to both sides of the handle not only accentuate the elegant line but also have the function as heat stoppers to prevent the user from excessive heating.
26.9 cm / 10.59“ long; 18.8 cm / 7.40“ wide
376.3 g / 13.27 oz (without glass liner)
15.3 cm / 6.02“ tall (to the knob); 13.4 cm / 5.27“ tall (to the rim)
332.4 g / 11.72 oz
7.1 cm / 2.79“ tall (to the pouring lip); 6.3 cm / 1.41“ tall (to the handle)
99.0 g / 3.49 oz
7.7 cm / 3.03“ tall (to the knob); 5.9 cm / 2.32“ tall (to the rim)
164.1 g / 5.78 oz