WMF Art Nouveau Copper Cake Basket or Fruit Bowl, Early Mark

This lovely copper piece with organic flowers and leaves at the bottom was designed by the WÜRTTEMBERGISCHE METALWARENFABRIK (W.M.F.)which was founded in 1880 by the merger of two existing German companies, the WÜRTTEMBERGISCHE METALWARENFABRIK was, around 1900, the world's largest producer and exporter of household metalware, mainly in the JUGENDSTIL style. The company's trademark was an Ostrich. When first produced, this piece would have served as a cake basket, but you can easily use it for fruit or any other food item. It is marked with WMF's earliest mark, dating it to between 1880 and 1898. Dimensions: 10 inches x 6 inches. Weight:440g. Wear commensurate with age.

Widely known by its initials WMF, the company preferred to create its own designs and so most of the beautiful items in the Art Nouveau style are from its own studio, directed from 1894 by sculptor and designer Albert Mayer. The advent of WWI in 1914 effectively destroyed WMF's export business, but because production was limited to a short period of time, WMF is highly sought by collectors today.

Item ID: WMF-103

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