commenced 1881 – 1920
Chalice with cover
Vienna, Vienna state, Austria
Materials & Technique: metalwork, chalices, silver
This covered cup bears the style of the Vienna Secession, the design movement of the early 20th century that brought Viennese designers and makers to the forefront of modernist ideals of form and function. The massing of grapevine forms at its base supports a plain bowl form, capped with a similarly decorated lid, suggesting abundance and celebration. Eduard Friedmann’s silversmithy executed designs by the major designers of the Vienna Secession.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design