Wiener Werkstätte Jewelry

Executed by the Wiener Werkstätte
Silver, amber
200 cm (78 ¾ in.)

Ernst Ploil
 

b. 1868
d. 1918

Necklace
Koloman Moser
1904

Executed by Karl Ponocny for the Wiener Werkstätte
Silver, coral, lapis lazuli, malachite, moonstone,
4.6 x 4.6 cm (1 ¾ x 1 ¾ in.)

Courtesy Galerie bei der Albertina, Zetter, Vienna

b. 1870
d. 1956

Brooch
Josef Hoffmann
1905 (designed 1904)

Executed by the Wiener Werkstätte
Silver, partly gilt; agate, coral, lapis lazuli, malachite, turquoise,
and other semi-precious stones
5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 in.)

Private Collection

b. 1870
d. 1956

Brooch
Josef Hoffmann
1907

Executed by Stanislaus Teyc for the Wiener Werkstätte
Gold, moonstone
20.4 x 2.5 cm (8 x 1 in.)

Private Collection

b. 1878
d. 1960

Bracelet
Carl Otto Czeschka
1910

Executed by Eugen Pflaumer for the Wiener Werkstätte
Silver, partly gilt; agate, amethyst, bloodstone, coral, jasper, lapis lazuli, moonstone, opal, tourmaline
5.4 x 5.4 cm (2 1/8 x 2 1/8 in.)

Private Collection

b. 1870
d. 1956

Brooch
Josef Hoffmann
1908

Executed by Anton Pribil for the Oskar Dietrich firm for the Wiener Werkstätte
Gold, pearl
6.3 x 3.8 cm (2 ½ x 1 ½ in.)

Private Collection

b. 1887
d. 1923

Pendant
Dagobert Peche
1920

Executed by the Wiener Werkstätte
Gold, diamond, ivory
20.9 x 4.7 cm (8 ¼ x 1 7/8 in.)

Private Collection

b. 1870
d. 1956

Bracelet
Dagobert Peche
1914

Wiener Werkstätte Jewelry

March 27-September 1, 2008

On March 27, 2008, the Neue Galerie opens “Wiener Werkstätte Jewelry,” with more than forty precious objects drawn from public and private collections. The exhibition will highlight masterpieces created by the Wiener Werkstätte between the firm’s inception in 1903 and 1920. Organized by Janis Staggs, Assistant Curator, Neue Galerie New York. It will be on view at the Neue Galerie through September 1, 2008.

The show will feature significant pieces by Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, Carl Otto Czeschka, and Dagobert Peche, among others. Supplemental materials will include design drawings and photographs of prominent clients, with an emphasis on fashion designer Emilie Flöge, confidante of Gustav Klimt, who assembled a large collection of Wiener Werkstätte jewelry.

The Wiener Werkstätte, or Vienna Workshops, was established in 1903. The firm’s artistic co-founders—Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser—subscribed to the English Arts and Crafts ideal of exceptionally well-made objects designed by artists and executed by specialized craftsmen. Jewelry was among the first objects produced by the firm. Following the example of near contemporaries René Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany, Hoffmann and Moser shared the belief that jewelry should be valued for its artistic merit and not simply for its monetary value.

This is the first major museum exhibition devoted exclusively to these rare and often unique designs. It will offer the public an opportunity to see a significant display of important loans, supplemented by the impressive holdings of the Neue Galerie. An illustrated catalogue, written by Ms. Staggs, will accompany the exhibition.