This amazing Art Nouveau WMF (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik, Geislingen) Holy Water Font was designed under the sculptor & designer and director of the WMF Art Studio Albert Mayer. The Basin was made out of Britannia Metal and then Silver Plated. As many of Mayer's designs it shows beautiful Art Nouveau patterns. In the center above the actual Basin is a Crucifix with the city of Jerusalem in the background.
It 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 dm2 and then oxidized with sulfuric acid. It circa dates to the year 1900.
It is stamped with the famous Ostrich symbol.
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.
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.
Condition: It is in good condition. The Silver Plate of the Lid shows some wear and a beautiful Patina. (PLEASE SEE PICTURES)
Measurements: It is circa 9 1/2 by 5 1/2 by 2 1/2 Inches
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