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T+L Reports: Precious Metal

"Viennese Silver: Modern Design 1780-1918," at the Neue Galerie in New York City, explores a period when minimalism twice took hold among Austrian silversmiths—first in the form of 19th-century restraint, later as 20th-century experimentation. Around 1800, artisansshaped candlesticks, teapots, and pitchers into sleek forms inspired by the ancient vessels unearthed at Pompeii. A century later, building on Neoclassical precedents, Wiener Werkstätte founders Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser pared objects down to their geometric essentials, transforming egg cups into cylinders and inkwells into cubes. Napkin rings and sports trophies alike were pierced, hammered, and inlaid with gems—a bejeweled functionalism that inspired future design trends from Art Deco to 1980's postmodernism.
—Eve M. Kahn

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