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Armchair for the Dining Room of the Wagner Apartment, Köstlergasse 3, 1898/99

Leopold Museum,
Walnut, leather, mother-of-pearl inlay, brass feet
83.8×68.8×57 cm


  • Otto Wagner

    (Vienna 1841–1918 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG3
Otto Wagner’s (1841–1918) apartment in Vienna’s Mariahilf district was situated on the raised ground floor of a tenement building bordering the two much more spectacular apartment and commercial buildings on the Linke Wienzeile. Wagner acted both as these buildings’ planning architect and owner. The wood- and marble-paneled bathroom with a glass bath tub, which was the apartment’s main attraction, conformed to the highest hygiene standards of the time. While Wagner preferred floral textiles for the bedroom, the other rooms were decorated with a wallpaper featuring a white and purple striped pattern. In the dining room, this made for a particularly stringent effect, as the wall hangings were striped as well and the stucco work on the ceiling consisted of vertical fluting. Wagner revisited the stripe motif in the vertical spokes of the backrests of the dining room chairs. Another characteristic of this part of the furniture were circular mother-of-pearl inlays, which look like screw heads but are merely decorations. A chair of this type, upholstered with leather, was shown in 1900 at the 13th Exhibition of the Vienna Secession.

Object data

Armchair for the Dining Room of the Wagner Apartment, Köstlergasse 3
Art movement
Wiener Werkstätte, Secession
Walnut, leather, mother-of-pearl inlay, brass feet
83.8×68.8×57 cm
Credit line
Private collection
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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