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Hoffmann Josef


Masterpieces Spring 2022

About the artist Brtnice 1870 – 1956 Vienna
Designed by Josef Hoffmann, 1903
Executed by Wiener Werkstätte, model no. M 0005
Marked JH, WW in oval, monogram KK (silversmith Karl Kallert), rose mark
Material Chased and hammered copper, original patina, eight alabaster columns, two columns restored, alpaca dial with enamelled numerals, faceted and cut glass, chapter with gemstone, week movement with ½ hour and hour strike on bell, movement overhauled by specialist, delicately cleaned, first-class original condition.
Dimensions H 34 cm, W 33 cm, D 27 cm
Provenance Private property, Austria
Literature Wiener Werkstätte photo archives at the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, photo inv. no. WWF-97-1-1, model no. M 0005

According to the Wiener Werkstätte archives, only two such clocks were manufactured in 1903, the founding year of Wiener Werkstätte: one for Dr. Spitzer and the other for the Kohn company.

This clock is one of the few large and iconic objects, made in the founding year of Wiener Werkstätte, that are again available. Only two such clocks have ever been executed, one silver-plated in copper and the other patinated in copper. Both clocks were sold to wealthy Viennese figures very close to Josef Hoffmann and Wiener Werkstätte. The alpaca clock was acquired by the Kohn family, the clock we are offering by the Spitzer family, for whom Hoffmann had already designed and furnished a house in the Hohe Warte villa colony in 1900:

Cat. Nr. M22/17

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