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  • Shelves
    Wagner, Otto Colomann, born 1841 - died 1918
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  • Place of origin:

    Vienna (city) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1904 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wagner, Otto Colomann, born 1841 - died 1918 (designer)
    Jacob and Josef Kohn (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bent beech, stained olive brown, with aluminium fittings

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These shelves were in the director's office of the Postsparkasse (Post Office Savings Bank) in Vienna. This building was built to Wagner's design between 1904 and 1906. Although modern in spirit, the skeletal form of the shelves may echo consciously the example of surviving Biedermeierétagères made in the early 19th century. Indeed, many designs for similar piece of furniture are among the papers of the Danhauser manufactory, active between 1804 and 1838, the largest furniture factory in Vienna in the early 19th century.

Physical description

Shelves of bent beechwood stained olive brown, the two side panels open and curved at the top, each fitted with four open bentwood rectangles serving as shelf supports, held by bolts. The four shelves which sit on these supports are each strengthened with two additional rails underneath of square section. Round aluminium bolt fittings fix the frame and shelves together.

Place of Origin

Vienna (city) (made)


ca. 1904 (made)


Wagner, Otto Colomann, born 1841 - died 1918 (designer)
Jacob and Josef Kohn (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Bent beech, stained olive brown, with aluminium fittings


Height: 137.5 cm, Width: 126 cm, Depth: 35.5 cm

Object history note

These shelves were in the director's room of the Post Office Savings Bank in Vienna. The furnishings for these offices were begun in 1904 to Wagner's design and completed in 1906. Although the modernity of these shelves is undeniable, it is possible that the skeletal form and use of curved members may consciously echo the example of surviving Biedermeier étagères.

Historical context note

Many designs for étagères are among the designs of the Danhauser furniture manufactury in the Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna. The Danhauser manufactury was in production between 1804 and 1838.

Descriptive line

Austrian 1905-10 des. O.Wagner man. Kohn

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.29 p. 70/71
Lux, Joseph August: Otto Wagner, Munich, 1914, p.72f., illus.
Moderne Vergangenheit, Wien 1800-1900, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, 1981, p. 151 and 221, illus. étagére of about 1825 and Danhauser designs.


Beech; Stain; Aluminium; Bentwood


Joining; Staining; Bending


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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