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Wine glass; clear free-blown glass with a broad gold band below the rim; the gold decoration applied in liquid form, with a stencil, and then burnished by hand.
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Diameter: 7.30 centimetres (base)
Height: 18.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- See also 1990,0407.1
Text from J. Rudoe 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950. A catalogue of the British Museum collection' 2nd ed.1994. no.13.
Behrens trained as a painter and worked in Munich in the 1890s, exhibiting there with the Vereinigte Werkstätten in 1899. In the same year he was invited to join the newly established artists' colony in Darmstadt, where he turned to architecture and interior decoration, designing his own house, complete with furniture and fittings, ceramics, glass and cutlery
This is the white wine glass from a service designed for an exhibition of modern interiors held by the department store, Warenhaus Wertheim, in Berlin in the autumn of 1902. For a contemporary view of the room in which the glasses are set on the dinner table, see Hoeber, F., 'Peter Behrens', Munich 1913 21 - 2, pl. 16. The complete service included glasses for red and white wine, sparkling wine, liqueur, fruit juice and beer. For further contemporary illustrations of glasses from this service, see Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration VI, 1903, 291, 293 and Die Kunst XIII, 1905, 424, where the glasses are described as executed by Benedikt von Poschinger.
Glasses from this service are in a number of museums including the Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt (Heller, C.B. 'Katalogue des Hessischen Landesmuseums Nr. 12. Jugendstil, Kunst um 1900'. Dearmstadt 1982, no. 16), the Museum der Künstlerkolonie, Darmstadt (Ulmer, R. 'Museum der Künsterkolonie, Darmstadt Katalog', Darmstadt n.d. 1990, cat. no. 9) the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Zurich (Gysling-Billeter, E. 'Objekte des Jugendstils aus der Sammlung des Kunstgewerbemuseums Zurich', Bern 1975, no. 9), and the Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart.
The gold decoration did not stand up well to regular use. Because the gold dust was applied in a liquid solution of volatile oils, the solution eventually wears off and only the gold dust remains. A similar process was used in the decoration of porcelain (see Hanover 1982, Kestner Museum, 'Rosenthal: Hunert Jahre Porzellan', 153).
For the firm of B. von Poschinger, see 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950' Cat. 257-8. From 1898 this firm commissioned designs for glass from a number of Munich artists, including Behrens, Riemerschmid, and Adelbert Niemeyer.
Information supplementary to Rudoe 1994:
See also M. Collins, 'Towards Post-Modernism, Design since 1851', London, British Museum, revised ed. 1994, fig. 62.
- Not on display
- Gold decoration worn in parts.
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- Designed for: Exhibition of modern interiors
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