cf. Deutsche Kunst und Decoration, Vol. 52, 1923, p. 89.
See also: Dagobert Peche and the Wiener Werkstätte, Peter Noever, ed., Neue Galerie, New York exhibition catalogue, 2002, Cat. No. 42, p. 225, period example from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art illustrated.
Two examples of Peche's original design are recorded as having been made in the 1920s at the Wiener Werkstätte (WW MAK archive reference WWMB 38/3415). One of these is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the other has passed down by descent to the present owner, for whose family this 1980s copy was also made.
The original commission for the chandelier was on the occasion of the 1923 marriage of the father of the present owner, a patron of the WW and personal friend of Josef Hoffmann. The copy offered here was made on the death of the father, in order that both surviving sons might enjoy 'the Peche chandelier' in their homes.
The metalworking company Kyral in Vienna was founded in 1914 by Wilhelm Kyral, great grandfather of the present owner. In 1928 the firm was taken over by Wilhelm's two sons Ludwig and Walter. Ludwig in particular was very close to Josef Hoffmann, and began producing metalwork to Hoffmann's designs within months of the demise of the WW in 1932. Examples of this work in brass and alpaca are now in the permanent collection of the MAK in Vienna.
It is understood that Kyral was recommended as a suitable company to undertake to make the present chandelier by the nephew of Dagobert Peche; Ludwig Kyral's son was the mastercraftsman, and his son Ludwig III, the present owner of the company, assisted together with other craftsmen.