EDUARD FRIEDMANN, Chalice with cover Enlarge 1 /1


commenced 1881 – 1920

silversmith (organisation)

Chalice with cover c.1913 Place made: Vienna, Vienna state, Austria
Materials & Technique: metalwork, chalices, silver

Primary Insc: Stamped on base with manufacturer's mark. Stamped on lid with manufacturer's mark. Noy dated.
Secondary Insc: Stamped on base with Austrian silver makr. Stamped on lid with Austrian silver mark.
Tertiary Insc: Lot 158
Dimensions: overall 26.2 h x 17.7 w x 17.7 d cm lid 8.8 h x 17.7 w x 17.7 d cm container 17.9 h x 17.7 w x 17.7 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1983
Accession No: NGA 83.279.A-B

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