Details about Brass Water jug Fischer 1910s Werkbund Bauhaus Jugendstil Modernist RiemerschmidSee original listing
28 Aug, 2012 19:01:59 BST
Canterbury, United Kingdom
A water jug by F. & R. Fischer, Germany, pre-1915
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The jug is of spherical form with cup-shaped lid and curving thumb-rest and raffia covered handle. The jug itself is executed in hand hammered copper while the spout, thumb-rest and handle in brass. It has interior pewter plating and bears the Fischer factory mark (two fish in an oval) the underside.
Size: It stands at about 22 cm or 9 inches in height.
Condition: Very good original condition, with only minor surface signs of age and use. There are no significant damages - just a couple of minor bumps to the metal. The fragile raffia handle is fragile but in good condition.
This is a historically significant and extremely rare find dating from the end of the Art Nouveau period. A significant precursor of modernism, this design is held in the collection of the Bröhan Museum of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Functionalism, in Berlin and illustrated and described in the museum's catalogue, Modern Art of Metalwork, on page 155. Another example of this jug is on display at the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin.
It also appeared in the Deutsches Warenbuch of 1915 and bears close comparison to contemporary Deutscher Werkbund pieces by Peter Behrens, Bruno Paul, Josef Maria Olbrich and Richard Riemerschmid and others. In fact, in some volumes the design is firmly attributed to Riemerschmid, although this is not substantiated by Brohan, probably the most authoritative source.
The Deutscher Werkbund (DWB) was a group founded by Peter Behrens and Josef Hoffmann and involving Walter Gropius among others to promote the marriage of artistic endeavour with mass production. They went on to exert enormous influence in the progess of modernist design and functionalism, particularly in the formation of the Bauhaus.
F. & R. Fischer operated from a factory in Göppingen, southern Germany. Little is known about precisely which designers contributed designs for them, but their consciously functional and forward-looking workbetrays the influence of Art Nouveau, the Wiener Werkstatte and Jan Eisenloeffel among others.
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