This is a lovely ewer from a local estate. It was made by WMF on September 11th 1885. It is signed by F. Lemke, has a very early WMF mark, and is dated on the bottom. WMF was founded in 1880 and became Germany's largest exporters of metalware. At it's peak, WMF had factories in Germany, Austria and Poland an employed 6,500 workers. They began working with glass as early as 1881 and evolved into one of the best glass makers in the world. Later on, their Art Nouveau items were considered to be among the finest. This piece looks to be done in bronze and is weighty. The metalwork is an aesthetic fish-scale design and is very pleasing to the eye. The glass is a beautiful cerulean blue with thick enameled foliate and dot designs, probably copied from Moser and other fine Bavarian glassmakers. The ewer measures 6" tall and is 5" wide. It's in what I would consider perfect condition.
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WÜRTTEMBERGISCHE METALLWARENFABRIK WMF 1880
Fabrique allemande d'articles en métal German manufactures of metal items Fondée en 1880 par la fusion de deux sociétés allemandes, la fabrique WMF -WÜRTTEMBERGISCHE METALLWARENFABRIK- devint vers 1900 le plus grand producteur et exportateur mondial d'objets décoratifs et d'articles ménagers en métal, principalement en style JUGENDSTIL . Founded in 1880 by the merger of two German companies, the factory-WÜRTTEMBERGISCHE METALLWARENFABRIK WMF-1900 became the largest producer and exporter of decorative and household items made of metal, mainly in style JUGENDSTIL .
Le logo de la société était une autruche. The company logo was an ostrich. A son apogée, la fabrique possédait plusieurs sites de production en Allemagne, en Autriche et en Pologne et employait 6.500 travailleurs. At its peak, the factory had several production sites in Germany, Austria and Poland and employed 6,500 workers.
Environ 10.000 articles différents furent produits à cette époque: couverts, plateaux, bougeoirs, candélabres, miroirs, cadres, bouchons à vin, carafes à vin, carafes à eau, vases et montres; le métal utilisé était surtout de l'étain poli et plaqué d'argent, parfois assemblé avec du verre. Approximately 10,000 different items were produced at that time: cutlery, trays, candlesticks, candelabras, mirrors, frames, wine stoppers, wine decanters, carafes water, vases and watches, the metal used was mainly tin-plated and polished silver, sometimes assembled with glass.
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