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).