Austrian (Vienna)
Designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian (born in Pirnitz, Moravia), 1870–1956), Made by Josef Czech (Austrian, 1874-1958), Designed for Wiener Werkstätte (1903–1932)

Object Place: Vienna, Austria


16.8 x 21.5 cm (6 5/8 x 8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, ebony, raffia

Not On View





Cylindrical kettle with angled spout and hinged, flat cover. Handle is formed of heavy wires, forms a semi-circle, and wrapped with woven raffia. Geometric finial of ebony. Hammered surface with raised, punched panels in vertical bands.

This teapot is an outstanding example of Hoffman’s designs for metalwork. The austere geometry of form is offset by the beaded ornament and finely hammered surface decoration, a decidedly architectonic and typical treatment for metalwork in the early years of the Wiener Werkstätte. The archives of the firm record that only one tea service of this design was produced; it was purchased by the Wiener Werkstätte patron and founder, Fritz Wärndorfer.


WWW rose mark, WW monogram in oval, JH monogram, Vienna 800 silver assay mark, maker's mark for Josef Czech


1904, made by the Wiener Werkstätte for Fritz Wärndorfer (b. 1868 - d. 1939), Vienna. May 1, 1997, anonymous sale, Christie's, London, lot 331. 1997, Historical Design, Inc., New York; 1998, sold by Historical Design to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 18, 1998)

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, and Helen and Alice Colburn Fund