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Chair from the Parlor Furnishings for Hellmann, 1904

Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
Maplewood, varnished black, velvet (not original)
88.9×45×53 cm


  • Koloman Moser

    (Vienna 1868–1918 Vienna)

  • Wiener Werkstätte
Currently on display at OG4
Fritz Waerndorfer (1868–1939), the financier of the Wiener Werkstätte, commissioned the workshop’s co-founder Koloman Moser (1868–1918) to create parlor furnishings for his sister-in-law Margarete Hellmann. The unifying motif of the black-stained maplewood furniture, executed by the Wiener Werkstätte, is a recurring rectangle with an inscribed oval shaped which, in turn, comprises a rhomboid. The parlor furnishings include a sitting room suite, a writing desk, a music cabinet and two display cabinets. An oval mirror, also designed by Moser, used to hang above the wide settee. The high wooden feet of the music cabinet and writing desk are decorated with bands made from white metal, a special feature which Moser would repeat with the display cabinets he designed for the fashion salon Schwestern Flöge. Another peculiarity of the parlor furnishings for the Hellmann family is that the designer dispensed altogether with the decorative effect produced by inlaid work.


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Object data

  • Koloman Moser
  • Execution presumably: Wiener Werkstätte
Chair from the Parlor Furnishings for Hellmann
Art movement
Wiener Werkstätte
Maplewood, varnished black, velvet (not original)
88.9×45×53 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4539
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Koloman Moser- Die Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold/Stefan Kutzenberger, Wien 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 18.01.2018-10.06.2018).
  • Koloman Moser 1868-1818, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Gerd Pichler, Wien 2007 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 25.05.2007-10.09.2007).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Margarete Rémy-Berzencovich von Sillas, geb. Hellmann, Wien (1904); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Rudolf Leopold / Gerd Pichler (Hg.), Koloman Moser. 1868-1918, München u.a. 2007, 204-207, (Abb. 54, S. 204)

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