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Stool for the Postsparkasse, Vienna, Model No. 4746, c. 1906

Leopold Museum,
Bentwood, stained beech, perforated plywood, aluminum
47×42×42 cm


  • Otto Wagner

    (Vienna 1841–1918 Vienna)

  • Jacob & Josef Kohn
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Completed in 1906, the Österreichische Postsparkasse (Austrian Postal Savings Bank) building in downtown Vienna is a main work of Otto Wagner and a milestone of modernist European architecture. The façade with metal bolts to hold the marble cladding panels was one of its impressive innovations, as was the interior design also designed by Wagner with the sole purpose of perfectly meeting the needs of staff and customers. The emphasis was on facilitating daylighting and the use of easy-care materials. For each of the three main operational areas—internal operations, customer contact, management—as well as their respective departments, Wagner designed purpose-built furniture types. In the main counter hall, these cubic stools, each made of five bentwood rods and a cut- perforated seat, were put up next to the form-completion tables.

Object data

  • Design: Otto Wagner
  • Execution: Jacob & Josef Kohn
Stool for the Postsparkasse, Vienna, Model No. 4746
c. 1906
Bentwood, stained beech, perforated plywood, aluminum
47×42×42 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4155
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Österreichische Postsparkasse, Wien (1906 – 1970); (1)
Galerie Metropol, Wien (o.D.);
Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.); (2)
Leopold Museum Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

  1. Geschichte der österreichischen Postsparkasse (, 28.02.2022)
  2. Mündliche Auskunft von Dr. Rudolf Leopold an Dr. Patricia Spiegelfeld vom 06.11.2003

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