This amazing Art Nouveau WMF (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik, Geislingen) Vase was designed under the sculptor & designer and director of the WMF Art Studio Albert Mayer. As many of Mayer's designs it shows a beautiful - almost nymph like - Lady. She is intricately designed and reaches up for a beautiful Boar. She is also surrounded by typical floral Art Nouveau designs.
The Vase is made out of Britannia metal (also called britannium or Britannia ware). It is a pewter-type alloy favoured for its silvery appearance and smooth surface. The composition is approximately and typically 92% tin, 6% antimony, and 2% copper. The Britannia was Silver plated with 1 Gram of Silver per dm³and then oxidized with sulfuric acid. All these information you can gather from the marks (see pictures). It dates to the year 1905.
It is stamped with the famous Ostrich symbol, WMF G, OX, B and I/0 & 1
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 / Art Nouveau Style.
The company's trademark was an Ostrich.
Widely known by its initials, WMF, the company preferred to create its own designs and so the main proportion of the beautiful creations in Art Nouveau style are from their own Art studio which was directed from 1894 by sculptor and designer Albert Mayer. Mayer, specialized in designs which depicted beautiful maidens & nymphs with flowing hair and graceful postures.
Condition: The item is in fair condition. Some one small dent on the rim and the Silver Plate shows some wear and oxidation. PLEASE SEE PICTURES
Measurements: 7 Inches in height
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