Whimsical c.1900 - 1910 Silver Vanity Tray or Wall Plaque by Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik Germany, otherwise referred to as WMF. This is a sweet art nouveau piece, which features on the right a barefoot little girl feeding two kittens (cats.) They are nuzzling up to her while she prepares to feed them. The top of the tray has open metal work details, which are the branches of the flowers. The cats and the girl are on a raised platform and the entire piece has exceptional details and repousse design. There is more open metal work on the sides. This is one over several WMF display trays that I have listed, which all come from the same serious collection. They are all marked (stamp too small to take a photo of) ostrich mark; IO; OX with the number 373 in relief.
CONDITION: The condition is excellent. There is no damage or repairs. It hasn"t been over cleaned and the original patina remains great. Only needs a bit of a buffing.
SIZE: This is a large piece, measuring 9 1/2 inches high x 5 7/8 inches wide.
WMF in Geistlingen/Steige was founded in 1880 by a Merger of the two Companies Straub & Sohn and A. Ritter & Co. They soon became famous for extremly innovative and stylish JUGENDSTIL metalworks made of brass, copper & silver plate.
Growing very fast WMF acquired quite a few further companies such as AK & CIE (Albert Köhler und Cie), Orivit AG from Cologne and the ORION Kunstgewerbliche Metallwarenfabrik.
Many famous artists and designers worked for WMF: Hans Peter, Albert Meyer, Rudolf Meyer, Herman Obrist, Albin Müller and last but not least also Peter Behrens.
WMF´s company´s trademark in the Jugendstil period was an ostrich.
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