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Cruet Stand

A work made of silver and glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver and glass.




Designed by Koloman Moser (Austrian, 1868-1918)
Made by Alfred Mayer, silversmith for the Wiener Werkstätte (Austrian, 1903-1932)
Austria, Vienna

About this artwork

The rigidly geometric form of this cruet stand is characteristic of the Wiener Werkstätte’s early production. The stand is one of a number of objects—including baskets, trays, vases, and even furniture—made from sheets of metal perforated with latticework patterns. Abandoning any reference to historical design, Werkstätte artists created simple but elegant forms they hoped would be consumed on a broad scale, bringing “good design” to the masses. Ultimately, though, Vienna’s intellectual elite, rather than the general public, embraced the Werkstätte’s avant-garde works. This cruet stand belonged to Fritz Waerndorfer, the Wiener Werkstätte’s patron and financier.


On View, Gallery 246


Applied Arts of Europe


Koloman (Kolo) Moser (Designer)


Cruet Stand


Vienna (Object made in)

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Silver and glass


Stand: H.: 17 cm (6 11/16 in.); 14.7 × 6.9 cm (5 13/16 × 2 5/16 in.); Bottles: H.: 9.9 cm (3 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Richard T. Crane, Mrs. Julian Armstrong, Jr., and Mrs. George B. Young

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