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Small Pillbox, c. 1908

Leopold Museum,
Metal gilded
2.5×5.7×5.7 cm


  • Josef Hoffmann

    (Pirnitz/Brtnice 1870–1956 Vienna)

  • Bertold Löffler

    (Nieder-Rosenthal near Reichenberg/district of Liberec 1874–1960 Vienna)

  • Wiener Werkstätte
Currently on display at OG4
The design of this small sweets tin or pillbox is owed to the creative synergy of two artists working for the Wiener Werkstätte, founded in 1903. The tin’s simple, round basic form was created by the architect and designer Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956). The motif of a putto riding a fish, however, was designed by the painter, graphic artist and designer Bertold Löffler (1874–1960) in 1909. It was used by the Wiener Werkstätte also for hatpins, belt buckles and hand mirrors, among other objects. Löffler chose a bead and reel design to frame his mythological scene. The tin was realized using silver or, as in the present case, non-ferrous metal. The execution was carried out by the Wiener Werkstätte.

Object data

  • Design: Josef Hoffmann
  • Design: Bertold Löffler
  • Execution: Wiener Werkstätte
Small Pillbox
c. 1908
Art movement
Wiener Werkstätte
Arts and crafts
Metal gilded
2.5×5.7×5.7 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4329
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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