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  • Place of origin:

    Vienna (city) (made)

  • Date:

    1904 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Moser, Koloman, born 1868 - died 1918 (designer)
    Weiner Werkstätte (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ebonised maple, the upholstery replaced in cotton rep, brass domes on the feet

  • Museum number:

    W.24:1, 2-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This chair was designed by Koloman Moser as part of a commission for a wedding present in 1904. It was conceived en suite with a sofa and a writing desk with showcase (W.25-1982) above for the drawing room. In keeping with the Vienna Secession style, the lines of the chair are deceptively simple. However, the elongated oval and diamond shapes of the back make a bold decorative statement and add a sense of femininity.

A sofa of about 1820 in Regensburg Museum has very similar geometric ornament in its back and sides, suggesting, perhaps, that Moser may have been consciously reviving aspects of the Biedermeier style which was fashionable in the early 19th century.

Physical description

Armchair, ebonised maple, all elements except seat-rails of square section, the legs joined at the bottom by a stretcher on sides and back, creating the impression of a continuous length of wood. The back open and slightly flaring towards the top and enclosing a pierced upper panel featuring an oval centred by an elongated diamond shape. The lower frame of this panel is level with the arms and appears continuous with them; they are slightly everted in plan, with canted front sections above that are continuations of the front legs.
The seat upholstered in cotton rep (replaced).

Place of Origin

Vienna (city) (made)


1904 (made)


Moser, Koloman, born 1868 - died 1918 (designer)
Weiner Werkstätte (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Ebonised maple, the upholstery replaced in cotton rep, brass domes on the feet


Height: 88.5 cm, Width: 53.5 cm, Depth: 50.5 cm

Object history note

This chair is en suite with, and shares the provenance of, W.25-1982.

Historical context note

The chair was designed as part of a seating group and a sofa was available en suite.

Descriptive line

Austrian, 1904, Moser, Wiener Werkst„tte

Austrian 1904 des. Moser man. Wiener Werkstatte

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.21, p. 54, 55
Lux, Josef August: Die Moderne in Wien , Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, XVI, 1905, pp.521-529, 5532, illus.
Ein Dokument Deutscher Kunst, Darmstadt 1901-1976, Darmstadt, 1976, II, Kunst und Dekoration 1851-1914, p. 61, illus.

Labels and date


Designed by Koloman Moser (Austrian, 1868-1918)
Made by the Weiner Werkstätte (Vienna Workshops), Vienna, Austria
Ebonised maple, brass feet, later upholstery

Part of the suite of furniture made for Margarethe Hellmann.

W.24-1982 [1989-2006]


Maple; Cotton; Brass; Stain


Joining; Staining; Upholstering




Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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