This very elegant silver plated tray is by the German company F.W. Quist, Metallwaarenfabrik. It is circular with a solid gallery and curved ebony handles and four round feet. The back bears the mark for F W Quist namely a cartouche signed "Quist" with a star above it. Above the cartouche is a letter "F" - possibly a date letter. It is difficult to date the tray but its design would suggest the 1950s - 1960s but it could be earlier. The design and use of ebony is reminiscent of some of the designs by Johan Rohde for Georg Jensen.
Diameter (handle - handle): 14.69ins - 37.3cms
Height: 1.18ins - 3cms
Weight: 1lb 11 7/8ozs - 792ozs
F.W. Quist, Metallwaarenfabrik
Founded 1866 by Jakob Schweizer, Friedrich Wilhelm Quist (1831-1903) and others. In 1890 Quist took over from the other shareholders and owned the company on his own and it became known as F W Quist Metallwaarenfabrik & the Quist family continued to manage the firm until 1951. The company closed in 1981 due to insolvency.
Quist was famous for its plated silverware in Germany and in many European countries as they did a lot of export work. They mostly produced luxury goods rather than goods for daily use.
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