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Round Table for the Seating Suite of Fledermaus Cabaret, 1909

Leopold Museum,
Wood, lacquered white and black, brass
74×55×51.5 cm


  • Josef Hoffmann

    (Pirnitz/Brtnice 1870–1956 Vienna)

  • Jacob & Josef Kohn
Currently on display at OG4
Over a span of two years, under the directorship of Egon Friedell (1878–1938), the “Fledermaus” Cabaret in downtown Vienna was an important stage for texts and librettos of some of the most renowned writers of Viennese modernist literature. The interior design of the club, opened 1907 and sold only six years later, was one of Josef Hoffmann’s (1870–1956) best known interior decoration projects, which a number of other Wiener Werkstätte artists also contributed to; particularly well-known are the colorful tiles by Bertold Löffler (1874–1960) and Michael Powolny (1871–1954) (Vienna Ceramics), covering, up to head height, the walls of the foyer, which accommodated a buffet and a coat check. Another trademark design element of the establishment were the easily movable seating elements with their rounded corners; as in the table of around 1907, the wooden balls sitting next to the upper ends of the table legs—a frequent characteristic of Hoffmann’s furniture designs at the time—were screw knobs and at once discreet decorative elements.

Object data

  • Josef Hoffmann
  • Execution: Jacob & Josef Kohn
Round Table for the Seating Suite of Fledermaus Cabaret
Wood, lacquered white and black, brass
74×55×51.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4633 1
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).
  • Eduard F. Sekler: Josef Hoffmann. Das architektonische Werk: Monographie und Werkverzeichnis, Salzburg/Wien 1982.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Sekler 1986: 114
Conservation patron
Gesellschaft der Freunde der bildenden Künste Kunstpatenschaft

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