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trefid2

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2016 12:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for trefid2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I have recently purchased an Austrian compote (800 standard, made in Vienna) with the Diana's head mark and maker's mark only. I'm trying to determine what design style is represented and also who the maker of the piece is. Does anyone have thoughts on either?



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trefid2

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2016 12:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for trefid2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is an additional picture showing the top of the compote.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2016 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My guess would be that your compote is a pretty example from the Art Nouveau period with perhaps a Japanese influence.
Thanks for sharing. I would like to use it for a cherry festival party.

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2016 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with ahwt, it is in the Art Nouveau style. Though, since it is from Austria, perhaps the more exact name of its style would be Secessionsstil since that is what this style was called there back in its day. That name comes from the group of artists, sculptors, architects, craftspeople, etc. in Vienna who seceded from the Union of Austrian Artists in 1897 because the Union was rather conservative and wanting all of its members to stay with traditional academic realism and historicism would not support this subgroup's wanting to go in a new and more modern direction direction. Perhaps the most famous of the artists in this group is Gustav Klimt. Over in Germany their counterpart movement called their style Jugendstil. In France, England and the US the counterpart movements there called it Art Nouveau. It is all basically the same style that is based on a rejection of the classical realism and historicism and going into forms inspired by nature including not only flowers and plants, but also abstract organic forms with flowing and curving lines - often with asymmetry. Also common in Art Nouveau-Secessionsstil- Jugendstil though not always present as with this object, are languid females with flowing hair and gowns. An interesting aspect of this style of design is that it is comprehensive in that it was used across all kinds of objects from art to sculpture to silver to architecture to furniture to subway entrances to pretty much everything.

One other thought is that while a given design style is most commonly seen used within its timeframe (1890 to 1910, more or less for this one), once it is established it is used again and again over the decades afterwards. One can still find a few things being created today in this particular style, in the same way as every other major design style of the past.

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trefid2

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2016 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trefid2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks ahwt and Kimo for your insights. Any idea of the maker or where I could locate this information?

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 09-20-2016 12:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In another thread (Austrian Hungarian marks) marks from Austria are discussed and in a post by blakstone a link is provided to his compilation of assay office marks. This may be of some use to you. The mark on your piece is very interesting as it appears to be wings on a planishing hammer. Maybe this signified the light touch of the silversmith.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 09-20-2016 01:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kimo your reference to Gustav Klimt brought to my mind the movie Woman In Gold. This silver compote would have been a wonderful prop for this movie. Set designers really have wonderful jobs.
Helen Mirren's portrayal of Maria Altmann was also wonderful.

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adelapt

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iconnumber posted 09-17-2017 11:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adelapt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For your maker, look to Bruder Frank of Vienna (umlaut over the 'u'). From "Art Nouveau and Art Deco Silver" by Annelies Krekel-Aalberse we find on page 202: ""When the silver workshop of the Wiener Werkstatte closed down, the firm of A. Sturm made silver after the designs by Hoffmann. Bruder Frank was the only firm in Vienna to make silver that could rival good French Art Deco silver in both form and quality." The winged hammer mark is shown on page 268. You have a lovely item there! Kimo was spot on.

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trefid2

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iconnumber posted 09-18-2017 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trefid2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Days! Thanks Adelapt for the info about the maker. I really like this piece!

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