SECESSIONIST SHOWCASE

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Category: Showcases
Artists: Portois & Fix

In 1901, Josef Hoffmann designed a comparable piece, which featured in the magazine "Das Interieur II" with a caption that reads: "Prof. Josef Hoffmann, Zierschränkchen, ausgeführt von Portois & Fix" (showcase made by Portois & Fix). The showcase shown in the illustration is identical in form but much more richly decorated. On the narrow sides, there are small pieces of glass in different colours, mounted in brass and representing poppy seed heads; the four columns are decorated with elaborate brasswork. In contrast to the one owned by Wien Museum, the piece I am exhibiting has retained the clear, architectonic basic design and thus corresponds more closely to the Secessionist principles. To my knowledge, this piece was executed in only three versions.

Designed by variation of a design by Josef Hoffmann, Vienna, 1901
Executed by Portois & Fix
Marked on both locks: PORTOIS & FIX, WIEN, 7253 H
Material Mahogany wood and veneer, retouches, surface cleaned and slightly repolished, polished brass fittings, cut and facetted glass, very good original condition
Dimensions H 181 cm, W 110 cm, D 57 cm
Provenance private property, Austria
Literature Das Interieur II, 1901, ill. p. 155; M. Wenzel-Bachmayer, Vienna, 2008, Die Firma Portois & Fix, Pariser Esprit und Wiener Moderne, p. 57