Lot 131: Joseph Hoffmann, 'Fledermaustisch', Thonet-Mundus AG, c. 1906
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Beech, mahogany-coloured stain, black painted coniferous wood, glass
Design: Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) Austrian architect and designer, for the Viennese 'Cabaret Fledermaus', around 1906
Manufacturer: Thonet-Mundus AG, Budapest, circa 1920
Backside of the table plate with manufacturer's label: 'Mundus Budapest'
Height: 70 cm; diameter: 53 cm
Hoffmann's furniture designs for the Cabaret Fledermaus rank among the icons of the Viennese Art Nouveau
The table is in a good, age related and restored condition with minor scratch marks and abrasion. The wooden table plate is showing slight cracks.
Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956)
Josef Hoffmann was the son of intellectual, supportive parents who ensured he received the best possible education at the State Industrial School in Brno and later at the Academy for Fine Arts in Vienna under Otto Wagner. It was here, he got to know Joseph Maria Olbrich with whom he founded the Vienna Secession in 1897 that he already left again in 1905. He worked as a teacher at the arts college from 1899. In 1903 he founded the Vienna Workshop with Fritz Warndorfer and Koloman Moser. He co-founded the German Werkbund and, in 1912, the Austrian Werkbund. He worked as a designer and architect and his designs are still extremely popular. (kre)
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