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Auction: Design: Vienna and the Wiener Werkstätte
was auctioned on: 3 March 2011
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Josef Hoffmann

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Estimate: US$25,000 - US$35,000
Price realised:  US$27,500
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Josef Hoffmann Important pair of wall lights, from the Wimmer-Wisgrill residence, Vienna ca. 1908 Silver-plated brass, fabric, stained wood. Each: 18 1/2 x 16 x 9 in. (47 x 40.6 x 22.9 cm.) Executed by the Wiener Werkstätte, Austria (2).
Provenance Eduard Josef Wimmer-Wisgrill, Vienna, thence by descent Catalogue Essay Josef Hoffmann’s preparatory drawing for a similar example is registered at the MAK, Vienna as K.I. 12111/10, model no. 228/1. The present pair of lamps, like Austrian bellflowers on curled stems, belonged to Eduard Josef Wimmer-Wisgrill, a former student of Josef Hoffmann at Vienna’s Kunstgewerbeschule. Wimmer, as he was known, joined the Wiener Werkstätte in 1907 following the departure of its co-founder Koloman Moser. Until his own emigration to America in 1922, Wimmer championed the Werkstätte’s cardinal idea: art must pervade daily life. Although a trained architect, Wimmer designed textiles, jewelry, furniture, and utensils, in addition to sets and costumes for the Cabaret Fledermaus, an important Werkstätte commission. In later years he painted. The Werkstätte’s vision was a total one; no corner of the house lay outside its reach. A conundrum soon presented itself: the owners of the house weren’t cut from the same cloth— how to account for their calamitous costumes? In 1910 Wimmer opened the Werkstätte fashion department, a fitting expansion. Read More

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Design: Vienna and the Wiener Werkstätte
Date of the auction: 3 Mar 2011
Address: Phillips
New York