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  • Place of origin:

    Vienna (city) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1902 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mahogany, covered in leather, inlaid and stained in grey and white

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Boxes like this one were made for jewellery, trinkets or other personal effects. This particular box was designed by Hartwig Fischel for his wife, Minnie Fischel, around the time of their marriage in 1902. Its geometric design, with a stylised monogram 'MF', would have been very avant-garde. It was meant to harmonise with the other fashionable furnishings and fittings that Fischel designed for their first Viennese apartment.

Physical description

Rectangular box, the mahogany carcase covered in leather, inlaid and stained with Art Nouveau motifs, the top hinged, the keyhole escutcheon round.

Place of Origin

Vienna (city) (made)


ca. 1902 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Mahogany, covered in leather, inlaid and stained in grey and white

Marks and inscriptions

'M F'
Monogram for Minnie Fischel (previous owner)
Monogram; top


Height: 9.5 cm, Width: 23.4 cm, Depth: 18 cm

Object history note

The box belonged to Minnie Fischel, wife of Hartwig Fischel.

Descriptive line

Vellum covered, Viennese 1900-05, 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


Mahogany; Leather; Stain


Staining; Cabinet-making


Containers; Household objects; Leather


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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