An important Art Nouveau sterling silver and 800 grade silver coffee and tea service on tray
An important sterling silver and 800 grade silver coffee and tea service on tray
Cologne circa 1900/1905 by Orivit
Standing on a cuboid tray with curved edges to the length, on the narrow sides the handles divided to the centre by a bar and merging into the wall through two arched ornaments and are decorated by abstract branch and leaf friezes. The polygonal corpus divided into several sections, each of which is decorated by an analogous frieze and subdivided to the long sides by smoothly polished, arch-shaped fields. The spout of the tea and coffee pot is fixed to the body by a decorative link, the strongly angled and vegetable-shaped handles are connected to the body by bone insulators. The lids in the decoration follow the variation of floral ornamentation, which is surrounded by smoothly polished and folded fields, and are crowned by a curved handle. The original gilding of the sugar bowl is very well preserved, the gilding of the milk jug only visible to the lower part.
Rare and elegant coffee and tea service in original condition with its original surface. A counterpart to be found in the possession of the Bröhan Museum, Berlin and is illustrated in: Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk (ed.): Metallkunst der Moderne (Bestandskataloge des Bröhan-Museums VI) [Metal art of the modern age (stock catalogues of the Bröhan Museum VI)], Berlin 2001, p. 255.
This set has also been published in the contemporary literature in 1904, there without sugar bowl and tray at: Die Rheinlande: Vierteljahrsschr. d. Verband der Kunstfreunde in den Ländern am Rhein [Die Rheinlande: Quarterly publication of the Association of Friends of the Arts in the countries along the Rhine], edition 8, 1904, p. 592 (for the digitalized edition in german see here).
This service was a wedding present for the great-grandparents of the last owner and was acquired in this form in Cologne. Teapot (model no. 152), coffee pot (model no. 151), milk jug (model no. 153) and sugar bowl (model no. 154) made of sterling silver, the tray (model no. 155) in 800 silver.
Orivit became famous in the late 19th century for its elaborate and decorative works of applied arts, mainly in pewter and Britannia metal as well as silver, which was further internationalized by winning a gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900. Large investments in technical innovations, which led to competitors in Orivit seeing a growing danger, finally led to Orivit getting into economic difficulties and was taken over by WMF in 1905. While Orivit already produced silver objects in much smaller quantities, the production of silver objects was completely discontinued immediately after the takeover by WMF.