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1910 Vienna Moderne Style Silver Candlestick by Hermann Bauer (Designer?)

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Posted 2 years ago

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cogito
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This silver candlestick was produced by the small, but well respected German metalsmith firm of Hermann Bauer (Schwäbisch Gmünd) during the late Art Nouveau period (circa 1910s). The style of this piece certainly borrows heavily from Wiener Werkstatte / Vienna Moderne designers, such as Otto Prutscher and Dagobert Peche, and may very well have been designed by one of the notables for the German firm.

I'm open to suggestions on the designer.

The candlestick is rendered in 800 silver, as was typical of most German silverwares at the time. The silver bobeches remove nicely for cleaning; another nice touch that puts this distinctively designed piece a notch above. Dimensions: 7"(H) x 9"(W).

The silversmith shop of Hermann Bauer was established in 1863 in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, a city well-known for artisan metal work and jewelry. The company founder Hermann Bauer was born in 1833 in Heilbronn and had to support his family at an early age due to the unexpected death of his father. Bauer apprenticed in silversmithing and quickly rose through the ranks given his skill in working metal. Bauer was commissioned to design the columns at the "Villa Mountain" in Stuttgart. After his apprenticeship Bauer travelled abroad in Holland, London and Paris, where he was inspired artistically to cofound a college of design back in his native Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. Budding entrepreneurship led him to found a silverware factory in 1863 under his name. The Hermann Bauer factory continues to produce finely crafted silver items to this day.

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  1. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Magnificent, so beautiful !~Phil.
  2. cogito cogito, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Phil. I've enjoyed watching your hood ornament collection grow. You have some stunning pieces...makes me wonder how magnificent the cars must of been to which they were attached!
  3. Hunter Hunter, 2 years ago
    This candelabra looks right out of some Transylvanian castle - such great lines, like the wings of a bat!
  4. solver solver, 2 years ago
    Very beautiful and similar in design to these by Hermann Bauer:

    http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.von-zezschwitz.de%2Fdetail.php%3Frestanten%3D1%26chapter%3D2%26objectid%3D12633%26ref%3D%25252Frestanten.php%25253Fid%25253D24%252526chapter%25253D2%252526view%25253Dgallery%252526language%25253Denglisch%252526action%25253Dlanguage%26id%3D24%26language%3Denglisch&act=url

    German link in case the google translation doesn't work:
    http://www.von-zezschwitz.de/detail.php?restanten=1&chapter=2&objectid=12633&ref=%252Frestanten.php%253Fid%253D24%2526chapter%253D2%2526view%253Dgallery%2526language%253Denglisch%2526action%253Dlanguage&id=24&language=englisch
  5. cogito cogito, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Solver (very aptly named!)! So, from your found examples, it is clear that this "bat wing" type candlestick work was more than just a one-off by the Hermann Bauer firm. I'd be curious to know where Von-Zezchwitz came up with the 1930s production date for their listing, as there's nothing that I have seen to suggest such a firm date.
  6. ozmarty ozmarty, 2 years ago
    I just noticed this .I had my eye on one on ebay recently. Tried t convince the other (better ) half to look at it with the hope she woul;d go .OH I love it go ahead & bid .....BUT no such luck ! what a lovely item .

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