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A reprint of a very rare 1906 WMF catalogue. Original copies are now virtually unobtainable, and the complete catalogue is reprinted here for the first time with a detailed historical introduction by Graham Dry, a noted authority on nineteenth- and twentieth-century decorative arts. For the collector, this book will provide a fascinating insight into the type and style of domestic metalwork that was available at the height of the Art Nouveau period. With details which include size, finish, and cost, the descriptions will be a major source of information.
This publication draws on sales catalogues and advertising brochures documenting the entire range of Ikora metalwork produced by WMF (W rttembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG, Geislingen) from the early 1920s until the 1960s. Even during the first world war, Hugo Debach, who would later become director-general of WMF, took the initiative in having experiments conducted in chemical and thermal tinting of metals. Shortly before 1927 he founded the Neue Kunstgewerbliche Abteilung (NKA: New Division for the Applied Arts) at WMF for upgrading metals. The brilliant colours and the boundless possibilities for design arising from this new technique met with resounding success at the time. Now pieces of Ikora metalwork by WMF are coveted as valuable collectors' items. The name Ikora, borrowed from a plant with brilliantly-hued flowers endemic to South-east Asia and sacred to the goddess Ixora, was designed to express the costly and exclusive quality of this line in metal products. Text in English and German
The best study of Arts and Crafts-style jewelry and metalwork to date. Hundreds of beautiful pieces of jewelry are illustrated; their history, characteristics, materials, motifs, influences, and makers' marks are traced. Biographical sketches are provided for the most influential British designers/jewelers/metalworkers.
Gleaned from the archives of the famous action house and from private collections, the objects profiled in this book range from china teacups to jewelry to entire rooms designed in the Art Nouveau style. 120 color illustrations.
Pieces from the Northwest Collection, Northwest Corporation, Minneapolis.

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