Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik

Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik mark, WMF Building, Mauerstraße, Berlin
Mark of the Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (Metalware Factory of Wuerttemberg)
Facade of the former WMF Building, Leipziger Straße / Mauerstraße
Berlin, September 2011

“During the 1920s, Abteilung für Galvanoplastik was producing reproductions of large-scale Italian Renaissance bronze works for an American clientele. Albert Weiblen Marble & Granite Co., Inc. of New Orleans pursued the acquisition of a gilt copper reproduction of Ghiberti's ‘Gates of Paradise’. In 1910, the Reale Istituto di Belle Arti had granted WMF the exclusive right to take a sharp cast of the original doors, from which WMF created a reproduction that was exhibited at the International Building Trades Exhibition in Leipzig (1913). WMF produced a trilingual catalog about the doors, titled Erztüre des Hauptportals am Baptisterium in Florenz.”

1 comment:

cieldequimper said...

You need to return to Berlin to find more gems like this one!