Description & Technical information

Designed by: O. Prutscher, Vienna, around 1900

Executed by: H. Buchwald & Co. Gallanteriewarenfabrik, Vienna 1901

Wood, leather decorated with geometrical gold embossing, elaborate interior with numerous drawers and doors, cleaned gilt brass fittings, leather slightly cleaned, small retouches, traces of use, very nice original condition.

H 33 cm, W 46 cm, open 92 cm, D 21 cm 

Otto Prutscher studied painting in the class of Franz von Matsch and architecture in the class of Josef Hoffmann, where he developed his love for artistically and technically outstanding leather works designed with gold embossed graphic elements, such as leather cases and leather folders.
Two of these cases are depicted in the magazine "Dekorative Kunst 1901", another in the magazine "Das Interieur 1903" and yet another in The Studio Yearbook "The Art - Revival in Austria".

His most important work in leather, however, is an ornamental piece of furniture designed for the 1909 International Photographic Exhibition in Dresden and executed by Wiener Werkstätte.

A comparison of the details and the design of the two cases from 1901 with the portable bureau presented, is clear proof of Otto Prutscher's authorship.   

Date:  around 1900
Period:  Early 20th century
Origin:  Vienna
Medium: Wood
Dimensions: 33 x 46 x 21 cm (13 x 18¹/₈ x 8¹/₄ inches)
Provenance: private property, Germany


Ref.: Cf. Dekorative Kunst, Nov. 1901, ill. p. 73; cf. 
Das Interieur IV 1903, Otto Prutscher, letter box, ill. p.217


Categories: Furniture