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ORIVIT : German Metalware production company - history by Senses-ArtNouveau.com



German Metalware production company

The ORIVIT AG. was founded in 1894 as "Rheinische Broncegieserei fur Kleinplastiken" in Koln-Ehrenfeld (Germany) by Wilhelm Ferdinand Hubert Schmitz (1863-1939).
From 1896, they began the production of luxury items with the so called ORIVIT metal: 89,85% pewter; 7,9 % antimony; 1,9 % copper and 0,12 % silver. This ORIVIT metal was a richer and brighter pewter, that if well polished would look like silver with the advantage of a lesser cost of production and also a reduced oxidation of the metal compared to silver or silverplated items.

In 1901/02, ORIVIT built a new factory in Köln- Braunfels and began to use the new revolutionary press "the Huber –Presverfahren".
Over the years, the Company has won several prizes: in Paris the gold medal at the world exhibition of 1900, in Dusseldorf the " 1902 Industrial Design Exhibition" and at the 1904 world exhibition in St Louis (USA) they won 2 Grand Prix prizes and 1 gold medal.

Nevertheless, in 1905 the Company was in a total financial collapse and the WMF "Wurttembergische Metalwaren Fabrik", another famous German metalware company, bought ORIVIT.

In 1906, ORIVIT AG aquired another German metalware company, ORION and more than 50 Orion designs many from Friedrich Adler, were to be used by ORIVIT. WMF produced items with the name ORIVIT until 1914.

The designers of ORIVIT were:

Theo Blum
Georges Charles Couldray
Hermann Gradl(1883-1964)
Georg Grasegger
Johann Cristian Kroner (1838-1911)
Walter Scherf (1875-1909)
Victor Heinrich Seifert

the ORIVIT Collection by Senses Art Nouveau

CLICK HERE to see our ORIVIT Collection items

Major works:

- Orivit Little floral tray
- Orivit Pentagonal visiting tray
- Orivit Fruit basket
- Orivit Floral Polished pewter Mirror
- Orivit Cork Stopper for Wine


- a site dedicated to ORIVIT with texts, photos of nice objects and also of original marks.
- a nice page on ORIVIT with lots of pics of original and vintage Orivit pieces with sizes, production numbers and original marks.

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