Josef Hoffmann, ‘Tea service, model no. S se 8, comprising model nos. S 5369 - S se 8-1, S 5370 - S se 8-2, S 5371 - S se 8-3, S 5372 - S se 8-4, S 5373 - S se 8-5’, designed 1922, executed 1923, 1926, Phillips

Signature: Executed by the Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna, Austria. Sugar tong: side marked with WIENER/WERK/STÄTTE, artist's monogram JH, Austrian assay mark and purity mark 900. Lidded sugar bowl: side marked with WIENER/WERK/STÄTTE, artist's monogram JH, Austrian assay mark and with purity mark 900, the lid marked with WW and purity mark 900. Milk jug: WIENER/WERK/STÄTTE, artist's monogram JH, Austrian assay mark and purity mark 900, underside incised with 64766. Tray: top marked with WIENER/WERK/STÄTTE, artist's monogram JH, Austrian assay mark, WW and purity mark 900. Teapot: side marked with WIENER/WERK/STÄTTE, artist's monogram JH, Austrian assay mark and purity mark 900, the lid marked with Austrian assay mark and lower edge of base with Austrian assay mark and WW, underside incised 6+766/16125.

About Josef Hoffmann

Josef Hoffman’s oeuvre embodies the seismic aesthetic and philosophical shifts that defined avant-garde art and design at the turn of the 19th century. He was a founding member of the Vienna Secession, an organization of artists and designers who sought to breakaway from rigid historical precedents, and later, the Wiener Werkstätte, a workshop dedicated to the production of craftwork of everyday objects including ceramics, textiles, and furniture. Hoffman was integral to defining Western applied arts during this period. The Stoclet Palace (1905–11), Hoffman’s masterpiece, embodies the artistic tension of this era and reveals the architect’s prescience; the mansion’s decorative details recall the fluid stylization of Art Nouveau, while the stark exterior walls—sheets of white marble edged in gilded metal—anticipate the austere planes and strict geometry of the International Style.

Austrian, 1870-1956, Brtnice, Czech Republic, based in Vienna, Austria