Otto Wagner - Important Design London Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Das Interieur, vol. IV, Vienna, 1903, p. 77 for a similar example
    Jacob & Josef Kohn, Munich, 1916, p. 41
    Stefan Asenbaum, et al., Gebogenes Holz Konstruktive Entwürfe, Wien 1840-1910, Michael Thonet, Adolf Loos, Otto Wagner..., exh. cat., Villa Stuck, Munich, 1979, p. 53 for a similar example
    Paul Asenbaum, et al., Otto Wagner: Möbel und Innenräume, Salzburg, 1984, pp. 85, 106, 202 for similar examples
    Derek E. Ostergard, ed., Bent Wood and Metal Furniture: 1850-1946, exh. cat., The American Federation of Arts, New York, 1987, pp. 114, 246, 247 for similar examples
    Renée Price, ed., New Worlds: German and Austrian Art 1890–1940, New York, 2001, p. 411 for a similar example
    Giovanni Renzi, Il mobile moderno: Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Jacob & Joseph Kohn, Milan, 2009, pp. 88-89 for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    Phillips wishes to thank Dr. Christian Witt-Dörring for his assistance cataloguing the present lot.

    The present lot is a variant of the armchair Otto Wagner designed in 1902 for the news agency ‘Die Zeit’ in Vienna. In keeping with the predominantly silver, black and dark brown colour scheme of the news agency’s interior, Wagner used aluminium fixtures for the armchairs. The model subsequently went into production with the manufacturer Jacob and Josef Kohn with brass fixtures, which was thought to be more desirable. As published in the 1916 Kohn catalogue, model no. 718/F, the present lot shows a backrest matching the seat upholstery with leather and brass nailheads.


Pair of armchairs, model no. 718/F

circa 1910
Stained beech, leather, brass.
Each: 78.8 x 57 x 54 cm (31 x 22 1/2 x 21 1/4 in.)
Manufactured by Jacob & Josef Kohn, Austria. Underside of each impressed J.&J.KOHN/Teschen Austria and with partial manufacturer's paper label.

£8,000 - 12,000 

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Important Design

London Auction 21 March 2019