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Lady Handbag, 1910

Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
Leather, gold-embossed, brass clasp, inside lined with rep
24×18.6×4 cm


  • Josef Hoffmann

    (Pirnitz/Brtnice 1870–1956 Vienna)

  • Moritz Zander
  • Wiener Werkstätte
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Aside from Koloman Moser (1868–1918) und Fritz Waerndorfer (1868–1939), Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956) was one of the co-founders of the Wiener Werkstätte, which existed until 1932. This Lady Handbag of 1910 is made of black leather with linear gold embossing, a round bottom and a brass clasp. It was produced on behalf of the Wiener Werkstätte. The design and pattern was created by Hoffmann. The piece was handmade by Moritz Zander. Already in 1903, the Wiener Werkstätte had its own leatherwork division, which in the beginning mainly produced luxury book bindings and leather-covered jewelry and other cases. Due to the great success, the ranged was soon broadened to fashion accessories. Exotic leathers like ray or snake were also processed in the production.

Object data

  • Design: Josef Hoffmann
  • Execution: Moritz Zander
  • by order of: Wiener Werkstätte
Lady Handbag
Art movement
Wiener Werkstätte, Art Nouveau
Arts and crafts
Leather, gold-embossed, brass clasp, inside lined with rep
24×18.6×4 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6588
Inventory access
Accession 2021

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Auktion: 06.07.2021, im Kinsky Wien, 136. Auktion, Jugendstil & Design, Los Nr. 520;
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2021). (1)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung Nr. 1360072 vom 07.07.2021

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