The Art Nouveau Movement in Germany was called Jugendstil—literally "the young (or new) style." Like its sister styles throughout the world—including the Arts & Crafts—the Jugendstil promoted the use of handcraft, unadorned natural materials, organic shapes and ancient symbols or references. The hand-beaten loving cup, shown above, was made by the Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF), a German metal workshop which had been founded in the mid-Nineteenth Century. WMF hit its artistic peak at the turn-of-the-century, coincidental with the Art Nouveau period. The hand-hammered copper cylinder is embellished with hand-tooled Celtic Knots. Two hand-cut brass salamanders become the riveted handles. Please click on the photo above to learn more about this handsome statement piece.
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