An extraordinary Orivit Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) cut crystal and pewter lidded punch bowl bowl c1898-1905.
The cut glass punch bowl has a simple yet elegant cut glass linear "flame" design accented with delicate flowers. The graceful design is difficult to capture in photos.
The punch bowl features a fabulous Jugendstil pewter base and lid with Art Nouveau lines accented with forget-me-not flowers and flowing curves, the top uses the same design elements with the addition of dramatic domes and decorative top knob. The base has two sturdy, decorative handles.
The pewter base is marked "Orivit" 2563 Germany. The brand name Orivit* was introduced in 1898 and was primarily meant for their pewter ware, this mark was used prior to 1906.
The piece is shown with a silver plate ladle made by Rogers (not original to the punch bowl) is included since in came with it, it is included if desired, it does not change the price either way.
The height of the piece with the lid and base is 11.25", without the lid is 8.5", across including handles is 14".
The bowl is 8.5" by 10.5" across the widest part, the opening has a diameter of 7.25"
The ladle is 14" long, the oval bowl is 5" by 2&5/8".
The pewter lid and base is is excellent condition, no damage or wear. The crystal bowl has an interior shatter on the rim, there is a very slight roughness on the inside of the rim, the shatter can not be felt on either side of the glass although there is some slight discoloration, certainly not distracting or diminishing its beauty.
Beautifully designed and manufactured in pure Art Nouveau style characteristic of the Jugendstil Movement in Germany, an outstanding antique Orivit punch bowl.
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*The brand name Orivit was introduced in 1898 and was primarily meant for their pewter ware, this mark was used prior to 1906.
ORIVIT was founded in 1894 as "Rheinische Broncegieserei fur Kleinplastiken" in Koln-Ehrenfeld (Germany) by Wilhelm Ferdinand Hubert Schmitz. From 1896, they began the production of luxury items with the so called ORIVIT metal: 89,85% pewter; 7,9 % antimony; 1,9 % copper and 0,12 % silver. This ORIVIT metal was a richer and brighter pewter, that if well polished would look like silver with the advantage of a lesser cost of production and also a reduced oxidation of the metal compared to silver or silverplated items.
The factory has won several prizes: in Paris the gold medal at the world exhibition of 1900, in Dusseldorf in 1902 at the” Industrial Design Exhibition” and at the exhibition in St Louis (USA) 1904 they won 2 Grand Prix prizes and 1 gold medal.