Object: Flower dish
This image is Creative Commons BY-NC-ND .
You may download and use Te Papa’s images of this work as long as you meet the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives copyright licence. Fair dealing, as understood under the New Zealand Copyright Act 1994, may also apply.
You must include the caption information and credit Te Papa as the image source when you use Te Papa’s images. Here are two examples of captioning and crediting Te Papa prefers:
Natural environment example:
Rough pomfret, Taractes asper Lowe, 1843, collected 29 Jul 1994, Outer Bay of Plenty, Alderman Trough west of Koruenga Knoll, New Zealand. Reproduced courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa under a CC BY-NC-ND licence (P.031284)
- Humanities example:
How to download the image
To download the image from this page, right-click on the image and choose “Save Picture as” (or the equivalent for your browser).
High resolution files and commercial uses
If you need a high resolution file or would like a license for commercial use, please fill in the Buy or license this image form to log your request (charges apply).
More information about copyright
We recommend these resources for more information:
- Copyright in NZ - Ministry of Economic Development
- Copyright guidelines and resource - Lianza
- Enabling use and re-use - Digital NZ
Find more information about Te Papa's rights project on our blog, including how rights types are assigned.
Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik (manufacturer(s)), circa 1905, Germany
|Medium summary||Pressed silver-plated britannia metal body with moulded glass liner|
|Materials||britannia metal, plated metal, glass|
|Technique||pressing, plating, molding|
x 329mm (Width)
x 171mm (Depth)
|Credit line||Walter C Cook Decorative Art Collection, Gift of Walter Cook, 1992|
This flower dish or centrepiece is an excellent example of the exuberant Jugendstil, or German Art Nouveau style. Art Nouveau was an internationally popular flamboyant decorative style. It is defined by the organic treatment of decorative motifs, the latter mostly derived from nature. Art Nouveau designers stylized the sinuous curves found in nature, explored lush growth and movement and pushed asymmetry to extremes.
While it looks very organic and possibly even hand made, this flower dish was machine made in the Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik (known as WMF) factory in Goppingen or Geislingen in Germany. Depending on whether it was manufactured before or after 1905, it was made by die-stamping the metal with either a heavy blow or by extreme pressure from a hydraulic machine.
Before WMF acquired its powerful hydraulic Huber Press in 1905, it stamped its metal by placing it between a die (a type of mould incorporating the design) and a counter, with pressure applied by a blow. This type of stamping could only be applied to flat metal, while the Huber Press was able to emboss patterns in relief on cylindrical and curved metal shapes. This saved time, labour and material and enabled complex and flamboyant designs to be produced more cheaply than previously.
This flower dish is from the Walter C Cook Collection of Decorative Arts. Over a twenty-five year period, Wellington collector Walter Cook developed a significant collection of British and European decorative arts. In 1993 he gave his collection to the National Museum, now known as Te Papa.
Results from DigitalNZ
Searching 25 million digital objects from over 140 content partners across New Zealand
- Dish - Howick Historical Village
- Plate - Howick Historical Village
- Plants acoustically adapt for bats - Science Learning Hub
- Pocket, Wall - South Canterbury Museum
Disclaimer: This information was created from historic documentation, and may not necessarily reflect the best available knowledge about the item. Some collection images are created for identification purposes only and may not be of reproduction quality. Some images are not available due to copyright restrictions. If you have information or questions about objects in the collection, contact us using our enquiry form. You can also find out more about Collections Online.