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JOSEF HOFFMANN (1870-1956) Wiener Werkstatte early 20th century chair with labels of Jakob/Josef Kohn

JOSEF HOFFMANN (1870-1956) Wiener Werkstatte early 20th century chair with labels of Jakob/Josef Kohn

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Directory: Antiques: Furnishings: Furniture: Continental: Pre 1910: Item # 1420862

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An original chair of the renowned Wiener Werkstatte movement, circa 1905, measuring approximately 35" by 17" by 16 1/2". There are two original labels underneath bearing the names Jakob and Josef Kohn, from Wien (Vienna). In 1904, Josef Hoffmann, one of the founders of the Wiener Werkstatte, designed a furniture line, noted for its simple forms, for the firm of Jakob & Josef Kohn, which actually manufactured the chair. The chair displays nice old color and surface. Seat caning obviously needs replacement. From Wikipedia: "The Wiener Werkstätte (engl.: Vienna Workshop), established in 1903 by Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann, was a production community of visual artists in Vienna, Austria bringing together architects, artists and designers working in ceramics, fashion, silver, furniture and the graphic arts.[1] It is regarded as a pioneer of modern design, and its influence can be seen in later styles such as Bauhaus and Art Deco.[2] The Wiener Werkstatte succumbed to the trying times of the Great Depression, closing in 1932 and languishing in obscurity for some decades, until a revival of interest in the movement in the 1970's and 1980's, after which point fine examples began to fetch astonishing sums at major 20th century design auctions. The chair will most likely require professional packing. That said, it is not all that large or heavy, so shipping should not present a major challenge or expense. See the net for much more information on the Wiener Werkstatte and Josef Hoffmann.