Adolf Amberg


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(b Hanau, July 1874; d Berlin, 3 July 1913). German silversmith, sculptor and painter. From 1894 to 1903 he worked at the renowned silverware factory of Bruckmann & Söhne in Heilbronn, modelling goblets, cutlery, sports prizes and medals etc. In collaboration with Otto Rieth (1858-1911), professor at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Berlin, Amberg made a silver fountain (h. 3.2 m) for the Exposition Universelle, Paris, in 1900. After designing the silver for the Town Hall of Aachen (1903) and spending a year in Rome (1903-4), Amberg completed his most important work, the design of the Hochzeitszug (Berlin, Tiergarten, Kstgewmus.), a table centre for the wedding of Wilhelm (1882-1951), Crown Prince of Germany and Prussia, and Herzogin Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1886-1954) in 1905. The designs were, however, rejected by the royal household and sold to the Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (KPM) in Berlin, which finally produced them in porcelain (1908-10): an ensemble of twenty figures, two candelabras, one jardinière and several fruit-bowls. Their theme is the homage and presentation of gifts to the bridal couple by representatives of foreign peoples and cultures. The figures were put on sale both unpainted and painted (under- and overglaze).

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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