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Description

Specialties

Founders

  • Josef Hoffmann
  • Koloman Moser
  • Both were teachers as the Kunstgewerbeschule.
  • Influenced by John Ruskin and William Morris, embracing the Arts & Crafts Movement.
  • Followed the philosophy of Gesamtkunstwerk – Total Work of Art.

Wiener Werkstätte e.1903

  • Artisan Alliance arising from the Vienna Secession.
  • Based on C.R. Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft.
  • Workers were highly trained & skilled.

Materials

  • Silver
  • Gilt
  • Enamel
  • Semi-Precious Stones (diamonds, rubies and emeralds were forbidden)

Aesthetic

  • Simple
  • Defined shape – often squarish
  • Before Peche influence – adherence to form, following Peche – fluidity.

Produced a variety of goods.

  • Metalwork
  • Leatherwork
  • Ceramics
  • Jewelry
  • Often marked by the designer, the craftsman and Wiener Werkstätte.

Jewelry Artisans included:

  • Karl Hagenauer
  • Carl Czeschka
  • Josef Hoffman
  • Berthold Loffler, 1907
  • Franz Metzner
  • Koloman Moser
  • Dagobert Peche
  • Otto Prutscher, 1908
  • Max Snischeck
  • Josef Urban
  • Josef Wimmer
  • Julius Zimpel