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Tea table
  • Tea table
    Fischel, Hartwig, born 1861 - died 1940
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Tea table

  • Place of origin:

    Vienna (city) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1904 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mahogany, inlaid with maple, with glazed sides, copper feet and fittings

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Hartwig Fischel's design for this square tea-table, made of mahogany inlaid with maple and decorative fretwork, suggests familiarity with small Biedermeier novelty furniture of the early 19th century. Indeed, this tea-table was designed for Fischel's flat, which was furnished with Biedermeier pieces inherited from his grandfather.
The copper feet and fittings, however, and the arrangement of the table with glazed sides that hinge open, and shelves to hold tea accessories, root this table firmly in the Vienna Secession style of the early 1900s.

Physical description

Tea-table, rectangular with four geometrically cut-out mahogany uprights forming the canted corners, each with the foot capped in copper and with a castor, the top pierced to provide a lifting handle. One wooden shelf, two glazed tiers above. The sides between the glass tiers are enclosed with framed glass panels, hinged along the bottom. When open, these serve to provide additional surfaces for serving tea.

Place of Origin

Vienna (city) (made)


ca. 1904 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Mahogany, inlaid with maple, with glazed sides, copper feet and fittings


Height: 80.5 cm, Width: 71.5 cm, Depth: 50.4 cm

Object history note

It can be seen from a plan published in Das Interieur in 1904 (Vol. V) that this tea-table stood in one corner of Fischel's dining room, in front of two armchairs.

Historical context note

In his text in Das Interieur (Vol. V) Fischel states that the dining room in a modest middle-class apartment such as his, must double as a reception and a living room. His furniture was designed to fit in with early 19th-century Biedermeier furniture which he had inherited from his grandfather. The same issue of Das Interieur (p.3) includes a similar tea-table designed by Baroness Falke and executed by Balkalowits & Sons of Vienna.

Descriptive line

Austrian (Vienna) c.1904, designed by 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, no. 7, p. 26, 27
Das Interieur, V, 1904, pp.1-2


Mahogany; Maple; Glass; Copper


Cabinet-making; Glazing (glass); Inlay (process)


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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