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Armchair, 1903

Leopold Museum,
Wood, raffia wickerwork
122.5×58.8×50.5 cm


  • Koloman Moser

    (Vienna 1868–1918 Vienna)

  • Prag-Rudniker Korbwaren-Fabrikation

    (Rudnik 1877–1965 Vienna )

Currently on display at OG4
The Austrian Museum of Art and Industry presented an exhibition of English furniture as early as 1900. There, Koloman Moser (1868–1918) saw items of furniture designed by the Scottish artists and representatives of the British Arts and Crafts Movement Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh (1864–1933). From their chairs with high backrests Moser derived inspiration for the high armchair he designed for the wickerwork factory Prag-Rudniker. In 1903 this chair was part of the furnishings of the 17th Secession Exhibition and served as an important design feature within the room conceived by Moser. The geometrical basic form and the checkerboard-like wickerwork reappear in Moser’s white-varnished Armchair. This chair in the shape of a cube was later used in the Sanatorium Purkersdorf built by Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956).

Object data

  • Koloman Moser
  • Prag-Rudniker Korbwaren-Fabrikation
Art movement
Wood, raffia wickerwork
122.5×58.8×50.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6573
Inventory access
Accession 2021
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).
  • 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

Privatbesitz, Wien (1984); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.-2010);
Dr. Elisabeth Leopold, Wien (2010-2021); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2021)

  1. Werner Fenz, Koloman Moser. Graphik, Kunstgewerbe, Malerei, Salzburg 1984, S. 258, Nr. 73
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung Nr. 01/2021 vom 07.06.2021

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