Antique Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) WMF Silver Plated Tray/Wall Plaque. Measures: 11" x 8 1/4" x 3/4 (28.2cmx 21cmx 1.5cm). The tray has a hook for hanging and 4 round feet.
Marked by the ostrich and two inscriptions "WMF" and "G" (Geislingen an der Steige) in a rhombus, placed in hatched rectangle. Note the special shape of the "F" letter. The rectangle size is 3.7 x 4.2 mm (or 3.7 x 4.4 mm). The additional marks: "B" means Britannia metal, a zinc-antimony-copper alloy which served as a base metal for silver plating, "I/O" means normal silver coating which is equivalent to 1 gram of silver per 1 dm2 of base metal surface, "OX" means oxidized finish. This mark was in use from around 1900 until about 1918.In very good condition for a piece more than 100 years old. This tray was in our house for more than 80 years. WMF was originally called Metallwarenfabrik Straub & Schweizer and was opened as a metal repairing workshop. Through mergers and acquisitions, by 1900 they were the world's largest producer and exporter of household metal ware, mainly in the Jugendstil, or Art Nouveau style, designed in the WMF Art Studio under Albert Mayer, sculptor and designer, who was director from 1884 to 1914.
Jugendstil ("Youth Style") was an artistic movement, particularly in the decorative arts, that was influential primarily in Germany and elsewhere in Europe to a lesser extent from about 1895 until about 1910.  It was the German counterpart of Art Nouveau. The members of the movement were reacting against the historicism and neo-classicism of the official art and architecture academies. It took its name from the art journal Jugend, founded by the German artist Georg Hirth.It was especially active in the graphic arts and interior decoration. The item "Antique Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) WMF Silver Plated Tray/Wall Plaque" is in sale since Sunday, November 29, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Periods & Styles\Art Nouveau".
The seller is "garlena1203" and is located in Valley Village, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.