Description & Technical information

Designed by: Josef Urban, Vienna, around 1906

Executed by: Sandor Jaray, Vienna

Mahogany, solid and veneer, stained and professionally repolished, inlay with

mother-of-pearl, brass cuffs, renewed fabric and upholstery, excellent condition

H 100 cm, SH 49 cm, W 146 cm, D 68 cm

Josef Urban loved to have his design furniture, executed as individual pieces, realised in the best materials. He usually decorated prominent parts of his furniture with almost inconspicuous geometric elements. His preference for the regular triangle is evident. Nobody was as skilful in perfectly staging and effectively  integrating these archaic, basic architectural elements as Urban. With this in mind, we invite you to compare this settee with the two pairs of armchairs shown in our Autumn 2010 catalogue, no. 34, and the Tefaf New York Spring 2018 catalogue, no. 20, and with other outstanding pieces of Urban's furniture shown on our website.

Date:  1906
Period:  Early 20th century
Dimensions: 100 x 146 x 68 cm (39³/₈ x 57¹/₂ x 26³/₄ inches)
Provenance: private collection, Austria Kunsthandel Hofstetter

Literature: The Art Revival in Austria, The Studio Special
Summer No., 1906, C 64; The Studio, vol. 
37 1906, p. 74; Markus Kristan, Joseph Urban, Vienna, 2000, p. 314, 395