Description & Technical information

Macassar ebony and solid mahogany wood and veneer, beech wood, geometrical inlays, drawers in solid walnut, walnut veneer inside, surface partially dyed to rosewood and professionally repolished, copper and brass fittings stove enamelled, original marble top, cut and facetted glass, mirror replaced, upholstery and leather
renewed, excellent restored condition

Large sideboard: H 170/88 cm, W 328 cm, D 66 cm

Small Sideboard: H 170 cm, W 112 cm, D 48 cm

Table: H 77 cm, Ø 134 cm, extendable to up to 500 cm with 6
extensions, 58 cm each

Chairs: H 90 cm, SH 45 cm, W 46 cm, D 55 cm

The dining room ensemble by Portois & Fix was presented in 1902 at the Austrian Exhibition in London and in 1906 at the Austrian Exhibition in Earls Court, London. Since the furniture was very well received there, the entire series was designated
"Modell Londonl" (the London model).

This is demonstrated by the two original paper labels found on the back of an almost identical Portois & Fix sideboard (Autumn Salon 2008, cat. no. 2: Fabr [Fabrikationsnummer - manufacturer’s number] 2224, Buffet Modell London, Macassar, 9/11/06, Schäfer). 

Date:  1901-1910
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Austria, Vienna
Medium: Veneer, Beech wood, solid walnut, Macassar ebony, Solid mahogany wood
Signature: Marked on the locks: Portois & Fix, Wien, 7861 H/7821 H

Dimensions: 170 x 112 x 48 cm (66⁷/₈ x 44¹/₈ x 18⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: Private property, Austria   

Literature: Ref.: M. Wenzl-Bachmayer, Vienna, 2008, Die Firma Portois & Fix, Pariser Esprit und Wiener Moderne, p. 71; Kunst und Kunsthandwerk 1901, p. 10; 1902, pp. 185, 369 (London), pp. 412–414 (Turin); Vittorio Pica, L'Arte Decorativa all'Esposizione di Torino del 1902, Bergamo, 1903, p. 177; Das  Interieur, 1901, p. 169

Categories: Furniture