Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lidded Punch Bowl and Ladle

The Lidded Punch Bowl and Ladle was designed in the early 1900s, around the time of the Art Nouveau movement. The punch bowl reflects aspects of Art Nouveau because of the free flowing curves and the organic shape. The punch bowl would be located with in a space that also is the Art Nouveau style, such as, Antoni Gaudi’s “Casa Batllo’s” dining room in Barcelona. The room is filled with curved windows and doors, and organic light fixtures. The bowl blends in perfectly with the style of the while standing out because of the shining silver and the bright green glass. The dining room is where high class people could host parties or dinners for guest. People would use the punch bowl to serve their guest drinks along with food while entertaining them. The punch bowl and ladle can be considered sophisticated and formal artifacts because of the glass and the silver metal work. Although the bowl is more formal it could also serve its purpose in an everyday casual setting, but is more of a status symbol of wealth and nice belongings. Even when not in use the punch bowl could be setting out as an interesting decoration that adds life in to the room. While the bowl was designed in Germany by a team of designers with the company Württembergische Metallwaren Fabrik as a showpiece to promote the company’s name, it still looks like it belongs in this Spanish dining room.

In comparison Sara's Triple Over Lay Lamp is used as a decorative piece while also having a function, where as the lamp is to light the space and the bowl is used for holding liquid. They both can be considered the focal point of the spaces they are in, and all of the other pieces in the room can help accent the artifact. In contrast Meagn's Mobile is decorative but serves no functional purpose. It is also located in a public museum whereas the punch bowl is located in a private home. Thus changing its original purpose before it was meant for a museum.


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