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    Sale 5341

    20th Century Decorative Arts

    29 October 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 217

    KOLOMAN MOSER; AFTER A DESIGN BY

    A PURPLE WOOD LONGCASE CLOCK, MANUFACTURED BY PORTOIS & FIX, CIRCA 1930

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    KOLOMAN MOSER; AFTER A DESIGN BY
    A PURPLE WOOD LONGCASE CLOCK, MANUFACTURED BY PORTOIS & FIX, CIRCA 1930
    inlaid boxwood border, the decorative panel inlaid with mother-of-pearl, tulip wood, burr-elm and macassar, repoussé alpaca face with arabic numerals
    74¼in. (188.5cm.) high; 16¼in. (41.2cm.) wide; 8¼in. (21cm.) deep


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    The vertical marquetry panels depicting mirror images of stylised birds, are first found in a sketch by Koloman Moser dating from 1899. A variation of this tessellating marquetry device, depicting fish, was employed by Moser for the suite of furniture Der reiche Fischzug, 1900.
    Gabriele Fahr-Becker, Wiener Werkstätte 1903-1932, Cologne, 1994, p. 111 (a chair by Moser with the identical inlaid panel is illustrated in the dining room of the Hölz apartment, 1913); Maria Renhofer, Koloman Moser Leben und Werk 1868-1918, Vienna, 2002, p. 49 (ink drawing study for the marquetry bands featuring stylised bird design illustrated).

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    Provenance

    From the apartment of Adolf Loos, grandson of architect Adolf Loos (1870-1933), Vienna.