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Armchair for Purkersdorf Sanatorium, 1903

Leopold Museum,
Beechwood, varnished, basketwork
72.5×65.8×66.5 cm


  • Koloman Moser

    (Vienna 1868–1918 Vienna)

  • Jakob Soulek
  • Prag-Rudniker Korbwaren-Fabrikation

    (Rudnik 1877–1965 Vienna )

Currently on display at OG4
Koloman Moser (1868–1918) designed this item of furniture in 1903, which was executed by the renowned wickerwork factory Prag-Rudniker. It was first used as a decorative element in the first Klimt exhibition held at the Vienna Secession in early 1903. The armchair subsequently became part of the furniture for the entrance hall of Purkersdorf Sanatorium. The industrialist Viktor Zuckerkandl (1851–1927) commissioned the architect Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956) to design this new building on the outskirts of Vienna in 1904. The cubic forms, straight lines and use of white-blue checkerboard decor that characterize the building are also reflected in Koloman Moser’s armchair with its cube shape and design composed of straight planes. Additionally, the chair’s black-and-white varnished basketwork mirrored the pattern of the sanatorium’s floor.


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Object data

  • Design: Koloman Moser
  • Execution Joinery: Jakob Soulek
  • Upholstery seat: Prag-Rudniker Korbwaren-Fabrikation
Armchair for Purkersdorf Sanatorium
Beechwood, varnished, basketwork
72.5×65.8×66.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4354
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).
  • Wien 1900. Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Diethard Leopold/Peter Weinhäupl, Wien u.a. 2009.
  • 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

Galerie Metropol, Wien (vor 1984); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Werner Fenz, Koloman Moser. Graphik, Kunstgewerbe, Malerei, Salzburg 1984, S. 166, Abb. 71 und S. 258, Nr. 71

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