Silver two-piece tea set
Artist/Maker: Josef Carl von Klinkosch (JCK)
Artist/Maker Dates: 1830 - 1972
Place of Production: Austria (Austro-Hungaria), Vienna
Date of Production: second half of 19th century
Materials: silver 800*, wood
Weight: 2760 gr.
Height: 38.0 cm.
Condition notes: Wear consistent with age and use
On the items is the family coat of arms of the Swedish Von Rosen family.
Rosen is the name of an old German-Baltic aristocratic family that comes
from the Livonian nobility. Branches of the family live mainly in
Germany, Sweden, France, Austria, Poland, the USA, Canada, Brazil and
J.C Klinkosch was one of the best silversmiths who worked for Emperor Franz Josef.
Josef Carl Klinkosch, sometimes referred to as Josef Charles, was the son of Carl and Catherine nee Klinkosch Kempenich.
He was first apprenticed to his father from 1835 until 1839. He made magnificent silver work in many different ways.
He became a certified silversmith on the 25th of January 1844. In 1848 he married Elise. He was Captain of the Civil Guard during the riots of 1848. In 1851 he took over the business from his father.
In 1831 he had formed a partnership with Stephan Mayerhofer and the partnership traded as Mayerhofer & Klinkosch.
The company expanded quickly and within a few years employed several hundred workers.
Klinkosch kept refining the style of their products and started the production of plated goods as well.
He employed many designers from Austria and other countries and adopted the traditional craftsmanship approach to manufacturing.
The company participated in the World Exhibition in Vienna in 1873 and the World Exhibition in Paris in 1878 and won numerous silver and gold medals.
Klinkosch was a member of the Vienna Municipal Council from 1861 to 1862.
In 1869/1870 he ended his partnership with Stephan Mayerhofer and the company was renamed "Klinkosch J C "
His customers were largely drawn from the upper-middle class and the nobility.
From 1855 he held the Imperial Warrant to the Court of Franz Josef.
Josef Carl Klinkosch was knighted in 1879 and could then call himself Joseph Carl Ritter von Klinkosch.
In 1884 he retired from business, the company passed to his two sons, Arthur (1884-1899) and Isidor (1884-1914). Privately, he was able to combine its assets with an extensive private art collection which was auctioned after his death.
Josef Carl Klinkosch died in 1889 at his home in Afrikanergasse 3 in Vienna.
In 1918, the company was acquired by Arthur Krupp and was incorporated under the name "JC Klinkosch AG".
The company was deleted from the Commercial Register in 1972.
The high-quality products of Klinkosch are much sought after and achieve high prices at auctions today.
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