Pewter Kayserzinn art nouveau ashtray
If you ask me; we shouldn’t be using ashtrays anymore. But this one I couldn’t resist. The naive shape and the pretty little chestnut decoration made me buy it anyway. But this dish can easily be used as a candle holder, a trinket dish or a planter for a small cactus or succulent.
Kayserzinn was made by one of the most succesful firms that produced art nouveau pewterware around the 1900's, the family run factory "J.P. Kayser Sohn". In 1894 Engelbert Kayser set up a design workshop that supplied around 800 different designs that were produced by the Krefeld (Germany) factory. Their main designers were Hugo Levin, Hermann Fauser and Karl Geyer. The factory produced Kayserzinn until the 1920's.