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International Decorative Art

Inkwell

Inkwell

Design Date
1930–1933

Designer
Marianne Brandt (1893–1983, German)

Manufacturer
Ruppelwerk GmbH, Gotha, Germany

Media
metal

Dimensions
2 1/2 x 3 5/8 x 3 5/8 inches

Marianne Brandt was the first female student of the Bauhaus metal workshop in 1923/1924. Female students had previously been admitted to the textile and ceramics workshops of the German art school. Director Walter Gropius and Hungarian László Moholy-Nagy, who led the metals program, redesigned the course of study that year to focus more on industrial design and mass production. Geometric forms are one characteristic of Bauhaus metalwork. Brandt’s cylindrical inkwell, topped with a red sphere, presents itself as a simple cylinder. The top of the cylinder pivots to reveal the glass inkwell inside. Note the subtle indentation of the pen tray on the base.

Not currently on view

Markings
Printed circle logo mark with "RUPPEL" and "geschützt" on bottom

Credit Line
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number
2008.0556

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