Lot 130: J. & J. Kohn, Bench with 2 Armchairs & 2 Chairs, circa 1905
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Beech, mahogany-coloured stained, brass shoes, upholstery, black-grey cover fabric
Vienna, Austria, circa 1905
Manufacturer: Jacob & Josef Kohn (1849-1937) Furniture and interior design company in Austria-Hungary
Half round shape with vertical flat struts, upholstered seats covered with fabric in style of the Wiener Werkstätte
Dimensions bench: 94 x 123 x 49 cm; seat height: 46 cm
Dimensions armchairs: 94 x 60 x 51 cm; seat height: 46 cm
Dimensions chairs: 93 x 42 x 43 cm; seat height: 46 cm
The sitting room suite is in a good, age-related condition with usual traces of age and usage like minor scratches and chipped parts. New upholstery. The covers are stained in places.
Jakob & Josef Kohn
Jacob Kohn (17911866) founded his company together with his son Josef (18141884) in 1849. They produced wooden components and soon began producing bentwood. They opened production centers in Bohemia, Krakow and Russia and already in 1900 more than 6300 workers were busy producing more than 5500 pieces of furniture each day. Thanks to the cooperation with such renowned artists as Josef Hoffmann, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos and Gustav Siegel, the company soon made a name for itself as the producer of fashionable and modern furniture. They received many awards, gold medals and even medals from Austria, Spain, Belgium and Russia. The company merged with the Mundus AG in 1914 that also produced for Thonet (Thonet-Kohn-Mundus). Pieces of furniture by Kohn can today be seen in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in the Musée dOrsay in Paris as well as in the Museum for applied art, the MAK Vienna. (kre)
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