Although Czeschka designed for the Wiener Werkstätte, he turned from the purist style of the Werkstätte to an eclectic individualism. Up until about 1907, Werkstätte production had been dominated by architectural principles, but after that period simple surface planes and structural forms were often abandoned in favor of complex plays of all-consuming pattern, as seen on the base of this cup.
Artist Carl Otto Czeschka, Austrian, 1879-1960
  • Loving Cup with Cover
Date between 1900 and 1925
Medium silver gilt with lapis lazuli
Dimensions Overall: 9 3/4 × 5 1/8 inches (24.8 × 13 cm)
Credit Line Gift of George G. Booth
Accession Number 23.161
Department European Modern Art to 1950
On View Modern N2AA, Level 2 (see map)
George G. Booth;
1923-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
R.P. "Handicraft from the Wiener Werkstaette." Bulletin of the DIA 5, no. 6 (March 1924): pp. 46-47 (ill.).

Tucker, Kevin W. The Wittgenstein Vitrine: Modern Opulence in Vienna. Exh. cat., Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, 2015, pp. 33-34 (fig. 39).