Cf: The Studio, Yearbook for 1912
See also: Josef Zotti. Architect und Designer, Hochschule fr Angewandte Kunst in Wien, 1993, pp. 28 & 128, pl. 7.8
Zotti, like Hans Vollmer (Lot 36) and Otto Schmidt (Lot 44) before him, studied under Josef Hoffmann before going on to design for Prag Rudniker. This chair formed part of the exhibition of 1911 at the Kunstgewerbeschule to which Zotti contributed several pieces although he had completed his studies in 1909.
The strong, rigidly geometrical form of the chair contrasts somewhat with the traditional decorative 'bobbin' effect and the use of rush, a dying craft championed by Zotti. The design was taken up by Prag Rudniker, appearing in the catalogue of the following year and was discussed in The Studio yearbook for 1912.