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Flower Baskets by Josef Hoffmann

Published on , by Philippe Dufour
Auction on 28 June 2022 - 14:30 (CEST) - 1, rue du Maine - 49100 Angers

Typical of the geometric style promoted by the Wiener Werkstätte under the Viennese architect’s influence, these silverware artifacts are not often found in France.

Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) - Wiener Werkstätte, c. 1909, two silver vases in the... Flower Baskets by Josef Hoffmann

Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) - Wiener Werkstätte, c. 1909, two silver vases in the form of almond-shaped baskets, glass linings, h. 25.8 and 25.2 cm/10.1 x 9.9 in, weight 185 g/6.5 oz and 197 g/6.9 oz, hallmarks "JH", "WW", "Wiener Werkstätte", stylized rose, "JF", title (Profile of Diana, "A" for Vienna, "2" for 900/1000).
Result: €76,880

These silver vases fetched €76,880 after a high estimate of €15,000. This pair, a much-cited model of c. 1909 by the Austrian designer Josef Hoffmann bearing his and the Wiener Werkstätte’s hallmarks, has not often been seen in French auction rooms. They have the highly original shape of openwork baskets with tall handles (h. 25.8 and 25.2 cm/10.1 x 9.9 in, see photo), both decorated with dozens of tiny stylized flowers. Equally geometric, but imbued with the 1950s spirit, a rectangular "Soleil" coffee table by Roger Capron warmed up the sale to the tune of €8,060. Its chrome-plated base supports a tray consisting of polychrome enameled ceramic plates against which the sun stands out (39 x 121 x 41 cm/15.4 x 47.6 x 16.1 in). The next day, June 29, another audience was attracted by Old Master paintings, including a pair of works on copper (9 x 6.5 cm/3.5 x 2.6 in) monogrammed in the bottom right corner "H.V.S" (Hendrik II Van Steenwijk), which fetched €21,700. Showing Jesus Among the Doctors and a Church Interior, they marvelously illustrate the art of this Flemish painter, born in Antwerp in 1580, who specialized in architectural interiors and Biblical scenes.

Dessins, estampes, sculptures, bronzes, tableaux modernes et contemporains, livres anciens et modernes, livres illustrés
Tuesday 28 June 2022 - 14:30 (CEST) - Live
1, rue du Maine - 49100 Angers
Chauviré & Courant - Enchères Pays de Loire
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