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Dining-Room Chair for the Apartment of Wolko Gartenberg, 1921

Leopold Museum,
Walnut, veneered, seat with original upholstery
88.9×52.5×55.7 cm


  • Dagobert Peche

    (St. Michael im Lungau 1887–1923 Mödling)

  • Wiener Werkstätte
Currently on display at EG
Among other objects that the architect, designer and graphic artist Dagobert Peche (1887–1923) designed for the apartment of architect, designer and art collector Wolko Gartenberg (1884–1950) in 1921 was this dining-room chair. The piece of furniture is characterized by the free interplay of Classicist furniture motifs on the one hand and geometric elements on the other: The front legs, for example. are inverted obelisks in the style of Louis-Seize, while the back legs are curved. The backrest again consists of two double arcades, and the middle board of an elongated rectangle and a circle. Peche chose walnut for the veneers, which was very popular in Vienna at the time. The question of whether the hexagrams on the front legs may be read as Stars of David and hence as a direct allusion to the client’s confession must remain open.

Object data

  • Design: Dagobert Peche
  • Execution: Wiener Werkstätte
Dining-Room Chair for the Apartment of Wolko Gartenberg
Art movement
Wiener Werkstätte
Walnut, veneered, seat with original upholstery
88.9×52.5×55.7 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4343
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Wilhelm Wolko Gartenberg, Wien später Krakau (1921);
Hanne Buresch (geb. Gaber), Wien (1940); (1)
Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1993); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

  1. E-Mail von Michael Pawlik an Dr. Sonja Niederacher vom 02.09.2011 (Dossier der Gemeinsamen Provenienzforschung vom 30.10.2011, S. 8)
  2. Leihbestätigung des Centre Cultural, Barcelona vom 04.03.1993

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