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Wiener werkstätte box fittings sample display (around 1912)

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JOSEF HOFFMANN5 of 9Vase, Josef Hoffmann for Wienner Werkstätte, made by MoserMy Cassina edition Fledermaus chair. Josef Hoffmann.
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    Posted 6 years ago

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    This is one of those things I cannot figure out where Carlos found… a sample of Wiener Werkstätte fittings for boxes or jewel boxes… corners, box legs, trims, hinges, locks!!! It’s weird something like this has been kept by someone since around 1910 (and a pity some of the items have been removed from the sample display). We don't have any notice of these samples in museums nor books on the WW, so we guess this is quite an important object. Carlos has seen two other WW display samples, with other fitting designs, but none of them with so many items attached to them. The way the different fittings are sawn to the cardboard and the notings on the card make this sample quite especial.

    At the back of the cardboard one can see the next: WIENER WERKSTÄTTE, plus the WW logo, and WIEN I. GRABEN, 15. Graben 15 is the address where the first city center Wiener Werkstätte shop was opened in 1907 (their first shop wasn't not in the city center. Later, they did open two more city center shops). The fact of the address being Graben 15 could mean that the display was make just around the time of its opening (the one at Graben 15 was just a shop, not headquarters).

    As Koloman Moser had left the Wiener Werkstätte by the opening of the shop, we do believe the designer is Josef Hoffmann. Researching on Hoffmann work we’ve found pieces designed by him that use the same motif, like this glass jardinière from 1912 (pic.4), so our guess is that the fittings were designed around that date. Hoffmann used to use similar motifs for different objects (please notice how, for instance, he used the same shapes in metal boxes, armoires and buildings here: ).

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      stunning!!!!!!! very very beautiful!!!!
    2. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks SEAN!!!

      Also thanks to REIHEIT, DrFLUFFY, KAREN, KYRA, AGH, VIOLET and MIKE for loving it!!!
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      Your very welcome austro!! let me if don't want it!!! LOL!!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Just AMAZING !!!!!

      Provocative ..... You'd buy three or four to create....?

    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Look at the Knopfsplinte!
    6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks VINTAGELAMP, KEV, MANI and ROSE for your loves!!!

      I'd buy up to five and keep one complete!!! ;)
    7. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      HUNTER and NORDICMAN, thanks so much for loving!!!
    8. Katzl Katzl, 6 years ago
      Wow!!! Wonderful!!! And so interesting, probably important!!! Have you thought about showing this to the Mak Museum? Maybe they would be very intersted in seeing this! I think you should send them an email..?
      What a collection you have!!!! :) Thanks for sharing!!
    9. Radegunder Radegunder, 6 years ago
    10. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Well, KATZL, I just wrote Ms. Schmuttermeier at the MAK to get any info about the sample display. let's hope we get an interesting asnwer soon! Thanks for encouraging me to do so!!! and thanks for your love too!!!

      And thanks for your love and comment, RADEGUNDER!!!
    11. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      hi KATZL. I got an answer from this lady where, on strange grounds, she doubts of the autenticity of it (she says "I am not sure if the sample-display you sent is by the Wiener Werkstätte. They never sold samples in the shop at Graben – this fact puzzled you too as I can see. The Wiener Werkstätte used another typography for their papers.")... As if customers would go to the shop to buy a sample... and as for the typography, that's the very same one used at the back of the postcards printed around 1907, from models no. 11 to 104. And, what a coincidence, the shop at Graben 15 was opened... in 1907.

      I'm quite dissapointed with her answer :/
    12. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      thanks for your love PAT!!!!

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