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Hoffmann Josef

ARMCHAIR FROM THE VIENNESE APARTMENT OF MORITZ GALLIA

Masterpieces Spring 2022
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About the artist Brtnice 1870 – 1956 Vienna
Designed by Josef Hoffmann, Vienna, 1913
Executed by Wiener Werkstätte
Material Solid pear and veneer, dyed black and polished, some retouches and repairs, newly upholstered, very beautiful, expertly reworked original condition
Dimensions H 90 cm, W 60 cm, D 54 cm
Provenance Estate of Mr and Mrs Gallia in Sydney, for approx. 50 years private property, Australia
Literature C. Thun-Hohenstein, C. Witt-Döring, et alia (eds.), Josef Hoffmann 1870-1956. Fortschritt durch Schönheit: Das Handbuch zum Werk. MAK Vienna, 2021, p.193, illus. 19

The wealthy Jewish Viennese Mori(t)z Gallia had his wife Hermine portrayed by Gustav Klimt in 1903. In 1912, he commissioned Josef Hoffmann to build a residential house at Wohllebengasse 4 in Vienna. He moved into the master's apartment, which was very generously furnished by Hoffmann. In 1938, he and his family were forced to give up their home under the National Socialist regime. The family was, however, able to take most of the furnishings and art objects along to Australia.

Shown at: MAK Vienna, Josef Hoffmann 1870-1956. Progress Through Beauty, December 2021 until June 2022

Cat. Nr. M22/04


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