RARE Antique Villeroy & Boch Secessionist deep sage green large oval tray with a low ring base relief c. 1874 = 1909. German ceramic with off-white - ivory and darker green Jugendstil graphics. Ceramic tile base is set in open metalwork brass and includes small feet and handles. Incredibly RARE VB display collectible only seen in museums based on research. Will have to be shipped via courier - respectful and sensible offers considered
Hallmarked - 'Mercury' Villeroy & Boch, Dresden which dates this piece to between 1874 - 1909 and I believe that this one is 1909. Also has 489H below the VB hallmark.
CONDITION: Outstanding antique condition. VERY minor signs of usage. Brass has a deep patina and while I was tempted to buff it up I decided that its perfect the way it is.
SIZE: Tray is 19 inches long including the handle. Surface area is 16 inches long x 12 inches wide.
The Villeroy & Boch AG (short V & B (also 'VB'), is a German manufacturer of ceramics, whose origin is in 1748. The company is named after its two founders François Boch and Nicolas Villeroy and is located after about 265 years, is still largely family-owned. The head office of Villeroy & Boch in Mettlach in the Saarland, and there are 14 manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia and America. The products are sold in approximately 125 countries.
What is Jugendstil?
In modern art, the term "Jugendstil" (in German "Youth Style") refers to a movement of 19th century German art that emerged during the mid-1890s and continued until the First World War. It received its name from the Munich periodical Die Jugend, which focused on a design style known as Art Nouveau, which was then the most fashionable type of decorative art within the gesamtkunstwerk tradition. Jugendstil evolved in two phases: a pre-1900 phase dominated by floral motifs, themselves rooted in English Art Nouveau and Japanese art, notably ukiyo-e prints; and a post-1900 phase, marked by a tendency towards abstract art in the manner of the Belgian architect and designer Henry van de Velde. See also the work of Art Nouveau architects Victor Horta (1861-1947) and Hector Guimard (1867-1942). Important early influences in the development of Jugendstil included: the Arts and Crafts Movement (c.1862-1900), the expressive line paintings of Paul Gauguin (Synthetism) and Emile Bernard (cloisonnism), the poster art of lithographers like Alphonse Mucha, and the illustration of Englishman Aubrey Beardsley. Jugendstil was known as Secessionstil in Austria, Stile Floreale in Italy and Modernismo in Spain.
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