Decorative Arts
Furniture and Furnishings
rosewood, maple, mother-of-pearl
Vienna, Austria
Overall: 37 3/8 × 22 × 20 5/8 in. (94.93 × 55.88 × 52.39 cm)
This armchair was most likely made as part of a suite of furniture for Dr. Hans Eisler von Terramare of Vienna, Austria. The suite, now at the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe, Germany, was designed by the preeminent artist Koloman Moser. He was among the most important designers working in Austria around 1900. A prominent design element, which became a hallmark of early 20th-century Viennese furniture, is the repeated squares seen in the shape of the chair and the surface decoration. Another element to note, and one that sets this chair and the entire suite of furniture apart from more modest examples, is the use of rare and expensive materials. This chair was made by Johann W. Müller.
Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis
Vienna Moderne: 1898-1918, Cooper Hewitt Museum, NY, 1978 and three other venues (see Curatorial file);

Cinquantenaire de l'Exposition de 1925, Paris, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, 1976, no. 703 (owned at this time by Annie Partouche, Paris).
Shifman, Barry. Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco: Selections from the Sydney and Frances Lewis Decorative Arts Galleries at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2015. p. 124-5.

B. Zuckerkandl, "Kolo Moser," Dekorative Kunst, 1904, no. 12, p. 334;

Yvonne Brunhammer, Cinquantenaire de l'Exposition de 1925, Paris, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, 1976, p. 98, no. 703;

Philippe Garner, Encylopedia of Decorative Arts, NY, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979, p. 214;

Philippe Garner, Twentieth Century Furniture, NY, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1980, p. 66;

Vera J. Behai, Mobel de Jugenstil, Munich, Prestel, 1981, p. 15;

Patricia Bayer, "Art Nouveau," Antiques World, Oct. 1981, p. 33;

Frederick R. Brandt, Late 19th and Early 20th Century Decorative Arts. The Sydney and Frances Lewis Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1985, pp. 130-131, no. 45;

G. Fahr-Becker, Wiener Werkstatte - 1903-1932, Cologne, 1995, p. 111;

M. Rennhofer, Koloman Moer-Leben und Werk - 1868-1918, Vienna, 2002, p. 169

Christian Witt-Dorring, Koloman Moser, Neue Galerie, NY, 2013, p. 127

R. Leopold, G. Pichler, Koloman Moser 1868-1918, Munich, London, NY, 2007, pp. 175-187;

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