Claret jug - ROM2010_11476_3


Claret jug

Maker: Designed under the supervision of Albert Mayer (German, 1867-1944), made by the Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (W.M.F.)
Medium:Silverplate, green glass
Geography: Geislingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Date: Designed c.1900-1905
36.3 x 20.6 x 15.9 cm
Object number: 961.126
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Harry Davidson
Not on view
DescriptionTable-wares like this claret jug were produced as popularly-priced items for a middle-class market throughout Europe until about 1914. Its curvilinear whiplash motifs and stylized floral decoration were considered avant-garde from the 1890s until about 1905, after which their very popularity would have been condemned by certain design-reformers in Germany as being vulgarized and debased. By then simpler, more functional, geometric forms were beginning to be preferred by avant-garde German designers, in no small measure due to Austrian influence.
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