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Hoffmann Josef

CHEST: THE FAUNA OF THE EARTH

Masterpieces Spring 2022
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About the artist Brtnice 1870 – 1956 Vienna
Designed by Josef Hoffmann
Executed by Painted by: Franz von Zülow, 1945
Marked signed in front lower right: Franz von Zülow 45
Material Pine, primed, colourful painted interior; painting: "Kleisterarbeit", (using paint mixed with glue), cleaned, some parts that were missing due to ageing and cracks in the wood, repaired, retouches, very nice condition
Dimensions H 79 cm, W 60 cm, D 41 cm
Provenance Private property, Austria
Literature Die schönen Künste, 1947, II, p. 118

As early as the 1910s, Josef Hoffmann designed a small chest of this kind, which was later fitted with four small legs. In total, three such chests are known today: One was painted by Gertrude Balabene, another by Renate Tschurtschentaler. However, this piece is probably the most important of its kind, as it was painted by Franz von Zülow – a master painter decorated his first furniture for the Wiener Werkstätte as early as 1908.

Shown at: Musée des Beaux Arts, Brussels, 1989; L'art deco en Europe, illus. cat. no. A 12, p. 37; MAK Vienna, Josef Hoffmann 1870-1956. Progress Through Beauty, December 2021 until June 2022

Cat. Nr. M22/10


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