Luxury Design, Past & Present
The German journalist Josef August Lux published the following passages when he examined the jewellery of the Wiener Werkstatte: “What cannot be found in most jewellers can astonishingly be discovered at the Wiener Werkstatte: A true gold- and silversmiths craftsmanship,…” and “The works of the Wiener Werkstatte show riches that have been concealed inside the material, a treasure that had to be raised.” The enthusiasm of the journalist, author and art critic Josef August Lux can almost be felt while reading these lines. Jewellery pieces of the Wiener Werkstatte are among the most expensive objects of the Wiener Jugendstil and are highly sought after and asked for. Rings in particular have an exceptional position. Few preserved examples are exhibited in museums nowadays, a higher number remains in private collections. In addition, there were only a small number of copies produced of this type of jewellery; the archive of the Wiener Werkstatte in the Museum for applied Arts Vienna impressively shows this fact: only 69 rings are displayed via photographs designed by Josef Hoffmann.
Lit.: Archive of the Wiener Werkstatte in the Museum for applied arts in Vienna, genuine photo inventory number WWF 92-68-12, design sketch KI 12154-45