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Box with woodcuts of Beethoven Houses, 12 sheets in original box by Joseph Hoffmann, n. d.

Leopold Museum,
Vienna
Marbled paper, gold embossing, cardboard
4.5×31.8×32 cm

Artists

  • Carl Moll

    (Vienna 1861–1945 Vienna)

  • Josef Hoffmann

    (Pirnitz/Brtnice 1870–1956 Vienna)

  • Wiener Werkstätte
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The painter Carl Moll (1861–1935) collaborated with Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956) to produce arts-and-crafts objects for the Wiener Werkstätte. It was founded in 1903 by Hoffmann and Koloman Moser (1868–1918) after the model of the British Arts and Crafts Movement with the goal of establishing an enterprise in which artists and artisans should collaborate to implement in reality and without compromise the idea of perfect design. The production included a range of high-quality and high-art objects, from furniture to jewelry and accessories, textiles and marbled papers. Crucial to this attempt was a style of manufacturing without labor division. Design and making were all in one hand. This case, decorated with marbled paper, is a piece that both artists worked on collaboratively. After great initial success, the company eventually got into financial trouble after the exodus of much of its affluent clientele for political reasons. In 1932, bankruptcy could no longer be staved off. Wiener Werkstätte products, however, have remained much in demand to this very day.

Object data

Artist/author
  • Carl Moll
  • Josef Hoffmann
  • Execution: Wiener Werkstätte
Title
Box with woodcuts of Beethoven Houses, 12 sheets in original box by Joseph Hoffmann
Date
n. d.
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Wiener Werkstätte
Category
Object
Material​/technique
Marbled paper, gold embossing, cardboard
Dimensions
4.5×31.8×32 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6036
Inventory access
Accession 2016 2017
Selection of Reference works
  • Christian Huemer/Stella Rollig u.a.: Carl Moll. Monografie und Werkverzeichnis, Wien 2020.
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Provenance

Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Privatsammlung Leopold, Wien; (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2017).

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag und Rechnung vom 30.03.2017

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