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  • 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 a nickel-plated brass lock-plate

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Koloman Moser designed this wardrobe for a children's bedroom in Vienna. It seems strikingly advanced in style but is, in fact, only a slight adaptation of a Biedermeier-style wardrobe of the early 19th century. The overall shape, central pediment and panelled construction are all traditional. The novelty lies in Moser's colourful decoration and in particular in his attempt to design a wardrobe which would be fashionable yet practical in such a setting.

Physical description

Wardrobe of white and blue painted deal, the two doors panelled, and the pediment shaped. Nickel-plated brass lock-plate of large square shape.

Place of Origin

Vienna (city) (made)


ca. 1902-1903 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Deal, painted white and blue, the paint retouched, with a nickel-plated brass lock-plate


Height: 185.5 cm, Width: 120.5 cm, Depth: 54.5 cm

Object history note

This wardrobe, like the low cupboard, W.21-1982, was designed for the children's bedroom in 140 Landstrasse, Vienna 3.

Historical context note

In 1902 Hoffmann designed a suite of similar furniture for the bedroom of the daughter of the industrialist Max Biach, which was also decorated in white and blue paint, with some black elements.

The taste for predominantly white interiors is charmingly recorded in Karl Moll's painting of a dining room 'Weisses Interieur', shown at the Vienna 1908 Kunstschau exhibition.

Descriptive line

Austrian 1900-05

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.17, p. 46, 47
Moderne Vergangenheit, Wien 1800-1900, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, 1981, pp.278-279, illus. Hoffmann furniture for Biach.


Deal; Paint; Nickel; Brass (alloy)


Cabinet-making; Plating


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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