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Alfred Pollak – Silver jardinière

Alfred Pollak (1852-1909) silversmith, founded a silver factory in Bohemia in 1878 and soon became successful because of the quality of his works. In 1892 he started a business in Budapest and in 1896 also a branch in Vienna.

The Pollak firm also exported to other countries in Europe. He won several international prizes for his silver works and for this reason also became purveyor to the court of Emperor Franz Joseph I of the Habsburg Empire.

This large silver jardiniere was imported to Vienna from the Kingdom of Hungary in 1902, given the stamp with the spread eagle wings and the P of (Buda)Pest. The stamp AP indicates the maker Alfred Pollak. The silver content is 800.

The style of the silver jardiniere is typical of Art Nouveau with its curved and moving lines as also found in the French furniture of Majorelle and Belgian furniture of Victor Horta.

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