Together with her teacher Koloman Moser (1868–1918), Jutta Sika (1877–1964) designed various decors and articles of daily use for the Viennese porcelain manufactory Josef Böck, including this 1901/02 Tondi Coffee and Tea Service
. Moser was responsible for the form, Sika for the decor. With its avant-garde design, the service occupies a special place. The parts of the service that are in the Leopold Collection are, in addition to the teapot, a coffeepot
, a milk jug
, a sugar bowl
and the accompanying cups and saucers.
The service was certainly intended as part of an entire series of similar objects created in keeping with the idea of a Gesamtkunstwerk, or universal work of art. Sika also furnished designs for the company Argentor, and from 1905 worked as a designer for the fashion salon Schwestern Flöge. She designed seven postcards for the Wiener Werkstätte and featured with her designs in the 1908 and 1909 Kunstschau
. Sika further created stage costumes for the dancer Grete Wiesenthal (1885–1970) in which the latter was often photographed by the Austrian photographer Dora Kallmus, known as Madame d’Ora (1881–1963).