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Ink Well, 1903

Leopold Museum,
Wien © Collection Richard Grubman
Copper, silver-plated
12.5×17.8 cm


  • Koloman Moser

    (Vienna 1868–1918 Vienna)

  • Wiener Werkstätte
Currently on display at OG4
The Ink Well is part of a writing set executed in 1903 by the Wiener Werkstätte to Koloman Moser’s (1868–1918) designs. The article of daily use is made especially appealing by its simple decor. Its only adornment is a decorative hammered finish, which was highly popular at the time and can also be found on the matching Quill Pen Cleaner and Paperweight. The object’s shape with six sharp points on the border and a raised part in the middle gives it an eccentric appearance that almost seems to recall Ottoman elements.

Object data

  • Design: Koloman Moser
  • Execution: Wiener Werkstätte
Ink Well
Art movement
Wiener Werkstätte
Arts and crafts
Copper, silver-plated
12.5×17.8 cm
Credit line of the permanent loan
Collection Richard Grubman
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • Koloman Moser- Die Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold/Stefan Kutzenberger, Wien 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 18.01.2018-10.06.2018).
  • Koloman Moser 1868-1818, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Gerd Pichler, Wien 2007 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 25.05.2007-10.09.2007).

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