Josef Hoffmann-designed brooches that sold at Kinsky in Vienna. This example in silver, gold, lapis lazuli, malachite and semi-precious stones was designed in a form similar to the façade of the Palais Stoclet, a large house in Brussels, designed by Hoffmann and considered to be his architectural masterpiece.
JOSEF HOFFMANN (Austrian, 1870-1956) Josef Hoffmann was a founding member of the Vienna Secession (1897) and, with Koloman Moser, the founder of the Wiener Werkstätte (1903). Although he considered himself an architect, Hoffmann turned out over 5,000 designs for textiles, furniture, dinner services, postcards, and clothing for the studio. He also designed Schmuckwaren. Influenced by ancient Egyptian scarabs, Hoffmann used uncut semi-precious stones and cabochons for his brooches, which were…
Josef Hoffmann-designed brooches that sold at Kinsky in Vienna. This example in silver, gold and semi-precious stones was designed to resemble an exhibition hall constructed in Vienna in 1908 to house works by the artistic avant-garde of the day.
Eduard Josef Wimmer-Wisgrill (1882-1961). Pendant, c. 1910, made by Wiener Werkstätte, silver, lapis lazuli, converted from brooch, with later silver chain; 2 in. (5 cm.) square, 13 in. (33 cm.) drop stamped with rose trademark, designer's monogram and executing silvermith's Karl Ponocy's monogram.