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  • Place of origin:

    Vienna (city) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1902 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fischel, Hartwig, born 1861 - died 1940 (designer)

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by the son of the designer

  • Museum number:

    W.9:1, 2-1983

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This armchair reflects a rather conventional approach to design in Vienna in about 1900. Indeed, it if were not for the armrests, upholstered not on top but with vertical panels between the armrest and the seat, plus the broad proportions of the piece, the chair could be mistaken for one in the Biedermeier style of the early 19th century. The armchair illustrates the re-discovery of Biedermeier around 1900.
This particular chair was intended as a lady's dressing-table chair, and the setting and anticipated use may have contributed to the choice of a traditional design.

Physical description

Armchair of cherrywood, the tapering square legs joined by narrow square-sectioned stretchers which follow the rounded line of the seat frame. The arms are joined to the back by stretchers following the curve of the side and back of the seat in a continuous line. Two vertical struts under each arm frame square pads of upholstery. Seat and back upholstered in printed cotton, the seat sprung.
Loose cover of printed cotton of matching design to the upholstery of the armchair.

Place of Origin

Vienna (city) (made)


ca. 1902 (made)


Fischel, Hartwig, born 1861 - died 1940 (designer)


Height: 89 cm, Width: 64 cm, Depth: 55 cm, Height: 54 cm of seat upholstery

Object history note

The object was the dressing table chair of the donor's mother, Minnie Fischel (née Kent, 1864-1939), whom Hartwig Fischel married in 1902.

Object sampling carried out by Jo Darrah, V&A Science; drawer/slide reference 7/74.

Descriptive line

for armchair, Austrian, early C20

Austrian; early C20, from the collection of Hartwig Fischel

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jervis, Simon: Furniture Of About 1900 From Austria & Hungary In The Victoria & Albert Museum, London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1986, p. 24, 25


Cherrywood; Cotton (textile)


Joining; Upholstering; Printing


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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