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Hoffmann Josef


Writing desks
About the artist Brtnice 1870 – 1956 Vienna
Designed by Josef Hoffmann attr., Vienna, before 1906
Executed by J. & J. Kohn, model no. 500/1
Material Beech and bent beech dyed to rosewood, brass fittings, desktop newly covered with navy blue Alcantara-like fabric, surface professionally repolished, excellent condition
Dimensions H 76 cm, W 135 cm, D 76 cm
Provenance Private property, Germany
Literature Italian Sales Catalogue of the J. & J. Kohn company, 1906, p. 40, no. 500/1; Das Interieur, XII, 1911, ill. 31
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This desk is arguably part of the top-quality range of furniture produced by J. & J. Kohn. The frame around the table top was executed in bent beech. The drawers inside the desk also have bent frames with fitted bottom. The two doors are likewise made of bent wood. The only reference to this extraordinary desk is to be found in a 1906 J. & J. Kohn sales catalogue, where it is listed as model no. 500/1. In addition, there is a picture included in the documentation of the 1911 Kohn brothers' exhibition in Buenos Aires. This picture shows exactly our model with three metal objects by Wiener Werkstätte on its top. The picture caption reads: "Top: hall. Bottom: reception room. Design and execution: Jakob and Josef Kohn, Vienna; from the Buenos Aires exhibition." However, the caption is not entirely accurate since the 'sitting machine' and 'barrel suite', which are also depicted, are verified Hoffmann designs. Judging from the desk's design, I would also attribute it to Hoffmann. Its production was probably so expensive that only a limited number were made.

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