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High-Backed Black Easy Chair with Blue Leather, c. 1901

Leopold Museum,
Wood, black varnish, leather
113.5×50×53 cm


  • Koloman Moser

    (Vienna 1868–1918 Vienna)

  • Jacob & Josef Kohn
Currently on display at OG4
In the course of his teaching activities at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, Koloman Moser (1868–1918) further extended his network of Austrian manufacturers and producers. Among his new contacts were the bentwood furniture producers J. & J. Kohn, with whom he would cooperate until 1906, creating numerous items of furniture using the bentwood technique, including his Parlor Cabinet and Armchair. The high-backed easy chair with blue leather is arguably Moser’s most innovative chair. The simple basic form and lack of ornamentation are testament to a newly sought modernity. At the same time, the construction of the piece of furniture is no longer covered by upholstery but made visible.

Object data

  • Design: Koloman Moser
  • Execution: Jacob & Josef Kohn
High-Backed Black Easy Chair with Blue Leather
c. 1901
Wood, black varnish, leather
113.5×50×53 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4445
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).
  • 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

Editha Mautner Markhof, Wien (ab 1903); (1)
Wiener Kunsthandel (vor 1988); (2)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

  1. Christian Witt-Dörring (Hg.), Koloman Moser. Designing Modern Vienna. 1897-1907, München u.a. 2013, S. 139, Nr. 54.
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, E-Mail von Dr. Ernst Ploil an Dr. Alfred Fehringer (LMPS) vom 29.08.2018

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