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Armchair from the Salon of Dr. Hermann Wittgenstein’s Apartment, Vienna, 1905/06

Leopold Museum,
Vienna
Silver oak, black stained, pores rubbed white and blue [originally with fabric covering]
93.7×50.3×50.2 cm

Artists

  • Josef Hoffmann

    (Pirnitz/Brtnice 1870–1956 Vienna)

  • Wiener Werkstätte
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This armchair was designed by the architect and designer Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956) in 1905/06 for the apartment of the physician Dr. Hermann Wittgenstein (1879–1953). With its strictly geometrical forms, the seating furniture appears very puristic. Hoffmann structured the backrest as a vertical middle panel with panelled inlays. Along with its practical use, this design also serves a decorative function. The surface of the silver oak chair was stained black and the pores rubbed white and blue. With this surface treatment, the designer incorporates the structure of the wood into the overall aesthetic effect. The chair is part of a matching set, together with a second chair and a Bench from the Salon of Dr. Hermann Wittgenstein’s Apartment. The design was executed by the Wiener Werkstätte.

Object data

Artist/author
  • Josef Hoffmann
  • Wiener Werkstätte
Title
Armchair from the Salon of Dr. Hermann Wittgenstein’s Apartment, Vienna
Date
1905/06
Art movement
Wiener Werkstätte, Art Nouveau
Category
Furniture
Material​/technique
Silver oak, black stained, pores rubbed white and blue [originally with fabric covering]
Dimensions
93.7×50.3×50.2 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna Inv. 6077
Inventory access
Accession 2017
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).
Keywords

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Provenance

Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Hermann Wittgenstein, Wien (1906); (1)
Lydia Wittgenstein, Wien (1950); (2)
Friedrich Wittgenstein, Wien (1965); (3)
Galerie Metropol, Wien (1981); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.-2010);
Privatsammlung Leopold, Wien (2010-2017);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2017); (4)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Decorative Arts Consult, Provenienzexpertise vom 28.05.2014
  2. BG Innere Stadt, Urkundensammlung, TZ 1743/50, Notariatsakt vom 20.01.1950.
  3. BG Innere Stadt Wien, Urkundensammlung, TZ 2056/66, Einantwortungsurkunde vom 07.10.1965.
  4. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag und Rechnung Nr. 1/2017 vom 03.07.2017

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