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    Sale 9196

    The Maurice and Margo Cohen Collection of Decorative Arts

    11 June 1999, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 305

    A BENTWOOD 'SITZMASCHINE' RECLINING CHAIR

    JOSEF HOFFMANN, FOR J. & J. KOHN, CIRCA 1908

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A BENTWOOD 'SITZMASCHINE' RECLINING CHAIR
    Josef Hoffmann, for J. & J. Kohn, circa 1908
    approximately 42in. (106.7cm.) high
    branded J. & J. KOHN TASCHEN AUSTRIA


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    The model was published in 1908 for the first time and was illustrated as model 670 in the sale catalogues of J. & J. Kohn until at least 1916.

    cf. Vienna Moderne 1898-1918 (exh. cat.), 1978, p. 72; Werner J. Schweiger, Wiener Werksttte: Kunst und Handwerk 1903-1932, 1982, p. 79 for another example; Siegfried Wichmann, Jugendstil Art Nouveau: Floral and Functional Forms, 1984, p. 154, fig. 315 for a detail illustration and pp. 220-221, fig. 462 for side and full views of a 'Sitting Machine'; Traum und Wirklichkeit Wien 1870-1930, 1985, p. 410, cat. no. 13/15/30 and Derek E. Ostergard, ed., Bent Wood and Metal Furniture 1850-1946, 1987, p. 258, cat. no. 56 for examples.

    See Daniele Baroni and Antonio D'Auria, Josef Hoffmann e la Wiener Werksttte, 1981, p. 100 for drawings and p. 101 for an illustration of the 'Sitzmachine', p. 101, fig. 260 for a 1905 period photograph that depicts Hoffmann's 'Sitzmachine' next to his salon suite (see lot 301) consisting of a settee and two armchairs. See also a similar period photograph in Derek E. Ostergard, ed., Bent Wood and Metal Furniture 1850-1946, 1987, p. 258, fig. 56A; the photograph was taken in the hall of a small country house, Jacob & Josef Kohn display at the Kunstschau, Vienna, 1908. (From Moderne Bauforemen, 1908, p. 370).

    Provenance

    Barry Friedman, New York


    Literature

    Peter Barnet and MaryAnn Wilkinson, Decorative Arts 1900: Highlights from Private Collections in Detroit, 1993, p. 79, cat. no. 92


    Exhibited

    Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Institute of Arts, Decorative Arts 1900: Highlights from Private Collections in Detroit, November 7, 1993-January 9, 1994