These three napkin holders were designed around 1930 by one of the key figures of the German Bauhaus, Marianne Brandt (1893-1983), for the metal factory Ruppelwerk. They are made of red and turquoise enameled white alloy and have a triangular, reticulated body on a stepped, conical and volute feet.
The napkin holders are in good original condition showing some loss of color on the surface. The pieces are marked underneath with a star, the manufacturer’s mark, ‘Ruppel’, and ‘mehrfach geschützt’. The dimensions are 21 x 13 cm (wxh).
Marianne Brandt (1893-1983)
Marianne Brandt (born Marianne Liebe) was the best-known female artist of the Bauhaus and her work is an essential contribution to 20th century industrial design. Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) and Paul Klee (1879-1940) were among her teachers. Brandt predominantly designed everyday objects like teapots, ashtrays or napkin holders and later focused on the design of lamps.