The gallery Kunsthaus Kende was founded by Christopher Kende prior to his studies in history of art in 2001.
Since every period and every style has generated excellent works in silver, we are not restricted in the chronology of our objects. We therefore place silver works by contemporary artists on an equal level with antique objects.
The quality of manufacture, preservation as well as the art-historical significance of the individual piece are our aspects in the selection of antique works, while with modern objects we focus in particular on extraordinarily unconventional and ingenious design approaches of young artists.
(1870 – 1956)
A museum quality 900 grade silver basket in “Cloverleaf” pattern
designed for the Wiener Werkstätte
18.7 cm / 7.36″ length, 12.5 cm / 4.92″ width, 1
2.1 cm / 4.76″ tall; 180.5 g / 5.80 oz
The oval shaped body standing on a flat base. The body decorated with square fields showing abstract, sculptural cloverleaf ornamentation with analogously decorated, curved handle. The silver frame holding the original glass liner of colourless glass.
Hallmarked on the underside with “WIENER WERKSTÄTTE”, Vienna Assay Office mark for 900 silver (Diana’s head in a hexagon as well as 2 and letter A), WW, designer’s monogram of Josef Hoffmann, rose mark and monogram of the executing silversmith “JH” in a circle.
According to the calculation book of the Wiener Werkstätte, seven examples of this basket were made in 1910. The design drawing for the object is in the inventory of the MAK, Vienna under the number KI 12031-26.