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Armchair for the Telegraph Office “Die Zeit” in Vienna, 1902

Leopold Museum,
Beech, stained red-brown, leather, brass
78.5×57×56 cm


  • Otto Wagner

    (Vienna 1841–1918 Vienna)

  • Jacob & Josef Kohn
Currently on display at OG3
The telegraph office of the weekly magazine Die Zeit was situated at the corner of Kärntnerstrasse and Annagasse in Vienna’s city center. The iconic portal made from shining aluminum as well as the interior furnishings of the telegraph hall on the ground floor and of the exhibition room on the mezzanine floor bore the unmistakable hallmarks of Otto Wagner (1841–1918). The seats for the telegraph hall are probably the earliest examples of Wagner’s use of beech wood; the front chair legs as well as the arm- and backrest were made of one piece. The decorative nails and chair feet sleeves made from metal recall Wagner’s Furniture for his own apartment on Köstlergasse.

Object data

  • Design: Otto Wagner
  • Execution: Jacob & Josef Kohn
Armchair for the Telegraph Office “Die Zeit” in Vienna
Beech, stained red-brown, leather, brass
78.5×57×56 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4156
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).
  • Verborgene Schätze. Kunstwerke suchen Paten!, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2016 (Ausst.-Broschüre Leopold Museum, Wien, 29.01.2016–22.02.2016).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

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