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Cupboard from the Stift Apartment, 1899

Leopold Museum,
Stained and polished wood, enamel
164×150×55 cm


  • Joseph Maria Olbrich

    (Troppau/Opava1867–1908 Düsseldorf)

Currently on display at OG4
Joseph Maria Olbrich (1867–1908) created the interior decoration for the Villa Stift (Stifft) at Hohe Warte in Vienna’s 19th district, designing the living and dining room, the study, the ladies’ parlor, the bedroom as well as the kitchen, guest and servant’s room. In 1901, Ludwig Abels (1867–1937) published a comprehensive article on Olbrich in the Viennese arts-and-crafts magazine Das Interieur which he illustrated with numerous photographs. To him, the Stift (Stifft) interior was among the architect’s chief works in Vienna, along with the Gesamtkunstwerk, or universal work of art, of the Villa Friedmann (1898/99) and the furniture of the Bahr residence (1899). A characteristic trait of Olbrich’s furnishings is that he subordinated individual items to a room’s overall effect. In contrast to Josef Hoffmann’s (1870–1956) designs, Olbrich used curved shapes. The body of the cupboard is connected to the wall through a semicircle. Ornamental enamel knobs, reminiscent of flowers, and curved metal fittings are references to a floral-abstracting Jugendstil.

Object data

  • Joseph Maria Olbrich
Cupboard from the Stift Apartment
Art movement
Art Nouveau
Stained and polished wood, enamel
164×150×55 cm
Credit line of the permanent loan
Ernst Ploil, Vienna
Selection of Reference works
  • 20 Jahre Leopold Museum 2001-2021, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2021.
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • Joseph Maria Olbrich 1867-1908. Architekt und Gestalter der frühen Moderne, eine Ausstellung in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Leopold Museum Wien und der Kunstbibliothek - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, hrsg. von Ralf Beil/Regina Stephan, Ostfildern 2010 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 18.06.2010-27.09.2010).

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