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Oval Mirror from the Parlor Furnishings for Hellmann, 1904

Leopold Museum,
Maplewood, varnished black, mirror glass
61×111×2 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. A special feature 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

  • Design: Koloman Moser
  • Execution: Wiener Werkstätte
Oval Mirror from the Parlor Furnishings for Hellmann
Art movement
Wiener Werkstätte
Maplewood, varnished black, mirror glass
61×111×2 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4349
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. 53, S. 203)

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