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Medium
silver, mother-of-pearl, lapis lazuli
Measurements
14.8 × 19.4 × 8.6 cm
Place/s of Execution
Vienna, Austria
Accession Number
D194-1976
Department
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Samuel E. Wills Bequest, 1976
Gallery location
Mid 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
About

This sweet basket was a gift to Hermine Gallia from Theobold Pollak, a close friend of the family, who commissioned it just six months after the Wiener Werkstätte was founded in 1903. It was Hermine’s first Wiener Werkstätte object and incorporates her monogram, set in a square of mother-of-pearl at the top of the handle. The beaten surface of the bowl and Moser’s restrained use of lapis lazuli reflect the influence of the English Arts and Crafts designer C. R. Ashbee. The identical prominence of the hallmarks reflects the Wiener Werkstätte’s ideals of celebrating the maker and artist equally.