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    Sale 2255

    The Modern Age: The Collection of Alice Lawrence

    5 - 6 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 409

    JOSEF HOFFMANN (1870-1956)

    'AUFSATZ' A HAMMERED BRASS CENTERPIECE, CIRCA 1925-1931

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    JOSEF HOFFMANN (1870-1956)
    'Aufsatz' A Hammered Brass Centerpiece, circa 1925-1931
    executed by the Wiener Werkstätte
    Height: 7 in. (17.8 cm.)
    stamped with artist monogram and 'MADE IN AUSTRIA WIENER WERKSTÄTTE' (at the rim)


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    The centerpiece was executed in three different metals: brass, alpaca and silver. The brass example may be the earliest version, produced from 1925 to 1931. The Wiener Werkstätte price list of August 1928 cites the brass model on page 405 at a cost of 105 shilling (18.75 USD). The model was exhibited at the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs in 1925.

    cf. D. Baroni, and A. D'Auria, Josef Hoffmann e la Wiener Werkstätte, Milan, 1981, p. 138.
    G. Fahr-Becker, Wiener Werkstätte 1903-1932, Cologne, 1995, p.
    165.

    Provenance

    Macklowe Gallery & Modernism, New York.