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Glass Cabinet, 1912

Leopold Museum,
Mahogany, brass, cut glass
180×138.5×43.5 cm


  • Adolf Loos

    (Brno 1870–1933 Kalksburg/Vienna)

Currently on display at OG3
Seen in isolation, the display cabinet seems like a protruding window. This design element, which is British in its influence, was used at the famous Building on Michaelerplatz and played a prominent role in the works of a number of Wagner students. In contrast, the Baroque legs appear like parts of an older piece of furniture; if we didn’t know that the carpenter Josef Veillich made them strictly according to the designer’s instructions, we would think they were spolia. This contradiction in design between the upper and lower parts reminds us of the Building on Michaelerplatz, where Adolf Loos (1870–1933) countered the undecorated facade plaster of the upper floors with a robust base featuring Tuscan pillars.

Object data

Glass Cabinet
Mahogany, brass, cut glass
180×138.5×43.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4153
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

hergestellt 1912 von Josef Veillich, Wien-Margarethen und anderen Handwerkern; (1)
Antiquariat in der Josefstädterstraße, Wien (o.D.);
DI Rudolf Lamprecht, Wien (um 1975-mind. 1981);
Galerie Metropol (Kargl & Mayer), Wien (ab 1981-1984);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (um 1984-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

  1. Beschriftung auf der Bodenunterseite: „Wien am 1. Jänner 1912, Josef Veillich“
  2. Robert Holzbauer, Zwischenbericht zu Adolf Loos Vitrine für das Speisezimmer der Wohnung Arthur und Leonie Friedmann, LM 4153 vom Dezember 2015, S. 10.

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