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Hoffmann Josef

Secessionist bookcase

About the artist JOSEF HOFFMANN attr. JAKOB SOULEK
Designed by Josef Hoffmann attr., Vienna, around 1912
Executed by Jakob Soulek
Material limed oak, solid oak and veneer on pine, carved rosette, very good original condition, little retouching, high-quality Viennese cabinet making
Dimensions H 185 cm, W 68 cm, D 36 cm
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Until 1914 Jakob Soulek often carried out works for the Wiener Werkstätte which had out-sourced the furniture production very early. There was also a long-standing relationship between Hoffmann and Soulek. Hoffmann's influence on these two pieces is obvious: The strict architectonic structure and the carved wooden rosette on the door are all style elements which Hoffmann liked to use at the time. Even though they are unsigned, Soulek's authorship for this bookcase is very likely—the fittings, locks and workmanship all clearly point in this direction.

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