Orivit – German industrial company

Glass vase with peacock feather frame, Val Saint Lambert glass, Orivit frame, height 20.5 cm, model 2561, circa 1904.
Glass vase with peacock feather frame, Val Saint Lambert glass, Orivit frame, height 20.5 cm, model 2561, circa 1904.

Orivit is a German industrial company that existed from 1895 to 1905. and known for its art nouveau tin and silver alloys. The company was founded by Ferdinand Hobert Schmitz, who bought an existing bronze and metalworks company near Cologne. In 1898, the word “Orivit” was registered as a trademark for a line of luxury pewterware. Orivit products deservedly received recognition, winning a gold medal at the famous World Exhibition in Paris in 1900.

The company used a revolutionary technology – the “Huber press”, which bent metal into any, most whimsical, shape. In 1905 the company went bankrupt and was bought by the large WMF factory, which continues to produce silver-plated and silverware to this day. The last known product bearing the Orivit brand dates back to approximately 1925.

Pair of vases with handles, Orivit, height 28.5 cm, circa 1904.
Pair of vases with handles, Orivit, height 28.5 cm, circa 1904.
Glass vase with daffodils in gilt frame, Val Saint Lambert glass, Orivit frame, height 42.5 cm, circa 1904.
Glass vase with daffodils in gilt frame, Val Saint Lambert glass, Orivit frame, height 42.5 cm, circa 1904.
Art Nouveau mirror, Orivit, height 37 cm, model 2580, circa 1900.
Art Nouveau mirror, Orivit, height 37 cm, model 2580, circa 1900.
Jardiniere from the collection presented at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, Orivit, height 29 cm, model 3019, circa 1900.
Jardiniere from the collection presented at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, Orivit, height 29 cm, model 3019, circa 1900.
Iridescent glass vase in metal frame, Loetz glass, Orivit frame, height 24.8 cm.
Iridescent glass vase in metal frame, Loetz glass, Orivit frame, height 24.8 cm.
Glass jug with silver plated frame, Orivit, height 31 cm, model 2548, around 1900.
Glass jug with silver plated frame, height 31 cm, model 2548, around 1900.
Orivit advertisement showing awards received in 1900, 1902 and 1904.
Orivit advertisement showing awards received in 1900, 1902 and 1904.
Tray for business cards, Orivit, early 20th century.
Tray for business cards, early 20th century.
Ceramic vase in gilded metal frame, Orivit, height 23.6 cm, circa 1904.
Ceramic vase in gilded metal frame, height 23.6 cm, circa 1904.
Mantel clock, Orivit, height 28 cm, circa 1904.
Mantel clock, height 28 cm, circa 1904.
Ceramic jug with metal frame, height 32.8 cm, circa 1904.
Ceramic jug with metal frame, height 32.8 cm, circa 1904.
Ceramic vase with metal frame, height 39.5 cm, circa 1900.
Ceramic vase with metal frame, height 39.5 cm, circa 1900.
Glass jug with metal frame, height 28 cm, circa 1900.
Glass jug with metal frame, height 28 cm, circa 1900.
Gilt vase, Orivit, height 38 cm, early 20th century.
Gilt vase, Orivit, height 38 cm, early 20th century.
Glass vase with silver plated frame, Orivit, height 49 cm, model 3589, circa 1910.
Glass vase with silver plated frame, Orivit, height 49 cm, model 3589, circa 1910.
Ceramic jardiniere in gilt frame, Orivit, height 26.5 cm, circa 1900.
Ceramic jardiniere in gilt frame, height 26.5 cm, circa 1900.
Ceramic vase with gilded frame, Orivit, height 22 cm, model 2523, circa 1905.
Ceramic vase with gilded frame, height 22 cm, model 2523, circa 1905.
Tazza made of glass in a gilded frame, Orivit, diameter 25 cm.
Tazza made of glass in a gilded frame, diameter 25 cm.
Framed glass vase, Orivit, height 27.5 cm, model 2561, circa 1900.
Framed glass vase, height 27.5 cm, model 2561, circa 1900.
Table lamp in gilded metal, Orivit, height 50 cm, circa 1905.
Table lamp in gilded metal, height 50 cm, circa 1905.
Tin alloy glass vase, Orivit, height 24.5 cm, model 2561, circa 1900.
Tin alloy glass vase, height 24.5 cm, model 2561, circa 1900.
Ceramic jardiniere in a metal frame, Orivit, height 26.5 cm, early 20th century.
Ceramic jardiniere in a metal frame, height 26.5 cm, early 20th century.
Green glass jug with frame, Orivit, height 29.5 cm, model 1211.
Green glass jug with frame, height 29.5 cm, model 1211.
Vase with handles, Orivit, height 57 cm, model 2340, circa 1904.
Vase with handles, height 57 cm, model 2340, circa 1904.
Pair of glass vases with gilt frames, Orivit, height 29.8 cm, circa 1905.
Pair of glass vases with gilt frames, height 29.8 cm, circa 1905.
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