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Hoffmann Josef


About the artist Brtnice 1870 – 1956 Vienna
Designed by Josef Hoffmann attr., Vienna around 1903
Material Solid oak and veneer, dyed black and limed, white metal fittings, 5 drawers, surface cleaned, retouches, slightly repolished, very good original condition
Dimensions H 175 cm, W 160 cm, D 40 cm
Provenance estate of Leopold Blauensteiner

This showcase is from the studio of painter, graphic artist and furniture designer Leopold Blauensteiner. He was particularly close to the artists of the Wiener Secession and the Wiener Werkstätte. As early as 1903, at the age of 23, he, for instance, designed a monthly edition of Ver Sacrum, the magazine of the Vereinigung bildender Künstler Östereichs, i.e. the Vienna Secession. The door handles used in his studio (beletage catalogue for Tefaf New York Spring 2018, no. 31) were designed by Josef Hoffmann. A small side table (ibid. cat. no. 30) also bears the charcteristic hallmarks of Hoffmann. The formal language of our showcase strongly points to the authorship of Josef Hoffmann, as does the use of liming as finish on the wooden surface (limed oak décor).

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