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    Sale 7578

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    30 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 20

    JOSEF HOFFMANN

    AUFSATZ CENTREPIECE, CIRCA 1922

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    JOSEF HOFFMANN
    AUFSATZ CENTREPIECE, CIRCA 1922
    hammered brass
    7 in. (18 cm.) high, 12 in. (30 cm.) wide
    impressed marks WIENER WERKSTÄTTE and MADE IN AUSTRIA with the designer's monogram


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    The centrepiece 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 schilling (18.75 USD). The model was exhibited at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1925.

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    Literature

    Gabriele Fahr-Becker, Wiener Werkstätte, Cologne, 1994, p. 165 (design illustrated).