OLBRICH, Josef Maria
(b. 1867, Troppau, d. 1908, Düsseldorf)


Museum Künstlerkolonie Darmstadt, Mathildenhöhe-Darmstadt

The designs of Olbrich's furniture, crafts work and metalware, such as the famous candlestick, are expressive, rigorous and simple, decorated with original geometric details and harmonious forms.

The candlestick was produced by the factory of Eduard Hueck. The firm (founder Wilhelm Hueck) existed already in 1813 as a button factory. Later on, his son Eduard Hueck and an uncle (same name) gave the Lüdenscheider factory a reputation for avant-garde art. From 1901 until 1906, they worked with the designers of the Artists' Colony Darmstadt, such as Josef Maria Olbrich, Peter Behrens and Albin Müller.

The HUECK-EDELZINN (c. 90% pewter, 5-10% antimony and 0,5-5% copper) was made in a press and bore the mark of the designer.

Examples of the candlestick are to be found in several German museums, including the Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, the Museum Künstlerkolonie Darmstadt, Kunstgewerbemuseums, Berlin, Staatliche Kunstammlungen, Kassel, Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe. There are also examples in the British Museum, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.