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  • Place of origin:

    Vienna (city) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1902 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Niedermoser, Josef (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This type of chair was supplied by Josef Niedermoser in about 1902 to a public house in Vienna in which the 'Libertas' fraternity, who were closely bound up with the Vienna Secession style, met. It recalls a model of 1900 by the designer Joseph Maria Olbrich.
The geometry of the design, especially the circular hollows and the square bars supporting the backrail, reveal a close link between Viennese Secessionist and Scottish Arts and Crafts furniture.

Physical description

Chair, deal, the front legs tapering and joined to the back legs by side-stretchers only, the seat of solid deal with a circular hollow, the deep back rail with two circular cut-out shapes and a splat of five square-sectioned struts between that and a narrow back rail.

Place of Origin

Vienna (city) (made)


ca. 1902 (made)


Niedermoser, Josef (designer)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 90 cm, Width: 50 cm, Depth: 46 cm

Historical context note

This pattern of chair was supplied by Josef Niedermoser in about 1902 to a public house in Vienna where the Libertas fraternity met. It is related closely to a chair designed by Joseph Maria Olbrich in about 1900.

Descriptive line

Austrian 1900-5 des. Niedermoser

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.22, p. 56, 57
Moderne Vergangenheit, Wien 1800-1900, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, 1981, p.233, illus.
Das Interieur, II, 1901, p.111, illus.

Labels and date


Designed by Josef Niedermoser (Austrian, dates unknown)
Maker unknown, probably Vienna, Austria
About 1902

Based upon a design of the Viennese architect Josef Maria Olbrich, Niedermoser's chair was supplied to a public house in Vienna.

W.20-1982 [1989-2006]






Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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