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Lozenge-Shaped Wire Basket with Handle, 1905

Leopold Museum,
Vienna
Sheet iron galvanized, white painted
18.5×28.8×15.5 cm

Artists

  • Josef Hoffmann

    (Pirnitz/Brtnice 1870–1956 Vienna)

  • Wiener Werkstätte
Currently on display at OG4
The world of geometry was the greatest source of inspiration for Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956) and Koloman Moser (1868–1918), co-founders of the Wiener Werkstätte, in its early years. Hoffmann’s predilection for square shapes even earned him the nickname “Quadratl-Hoffmann” (Squary Hoffmann) among friends. In many cases, however, the designs of the two are so similar that they cannot be unequivocally attributed to either one without a signed design drawing. The design of this lattice basket goes back to Hoffmann and the year 1905. It is one of a large group of objects made of galvanized sheet iron. On a roughly lozenge-shaped footprint, the walls of the handy basket are made up of a grid of squares. The handle is shaped in the form of an arch. The squares are mechanically punched out of the metal sheet. After the soldering of the individual parts, the grid basket was finally lacquered white. The tableware object was probably used for sweets or bread.
See also: Lattice Basket.

Object data

Artist/author
  • Design: Josef Hoffmann
  • Execution: Wiener Werkstätte
Title
Lozenge-Shaped Wire Basket with Handle
Date
1905
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Wiener Werkstätte
Category
Arts and crafts
Material​/technique
Sheet iron galvanized, white painted
Dimensions
18.5×28.8×15.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4654
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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