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Cupboard

Cupboard

  • Place of origin:

    Vienna (city) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1902-1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Moser, Koloman, born 1868 - died 1918 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Deal, painted white and blue, the paint retouched, with white marble top and nickel-plated brass handles and lock plates

  • Museum number:

    W.21:1 to 3-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This cabinet was designed for a child's room. It has precedents in 19th-century dining room sideboards, but Moser adapted both design and shape to make the cupboard more suited to its function as a piece to be used by children. It reflects fashionable Secessionist rectiliniarity yet it has no sharp edges that could cause injuries. The cupboard is also lower than typical dining or bedroom cupboards of the time. The white and blue colour scheme, while following a general trend towards lighter interiors, would also have brightened up a nursery.

Place of Origin

Vienna (city) (made)

Date

ca. 1902-1903 (made)

Artist/maker

Moser, Koloman, born 1868 - died 1918 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Deal, painted white and blue, the paint retouched, with white marble top and nickel-plated brass handles and lock plates

Marks and inscriptions

'für Professor Jäger'
under marble slab; inscribing; pencil

Dimensions

Height: 70 cm, Width: 109 cm, Depth: 53.7 cm

Object history note

This cupboard was designed by Koloman Moser for the children's bedroom in 140 Landstrasse, Vienna 3, the house of Professor Gustav Jäger and his wife, Hertha, who was Koloman Moser's sister-in-law.

Historical context note

Hertha Jäger's family had close ties to the artistic movement of the period and in 1905 Moser married her sister, Editha.

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.16, p. 44, 45

Materials

Deal; Paint; Marble; Nickel; Brass (alloy)

Techniques

Cabinet-making; Painting (coating); Plating

Categories

Furniture; Children & Childhood

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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