Description & Technical information

Designed by: Josef Hoffmann, Vienna, 1913

Executed by: Wiener Werkstätte


Solid pear and veneer, dyed black and polished, some retouches and repairs, newly upholstered, very beautiful, expertly reworked original condition


H 90 cm, W 60 cm, D 54 cm


The wealthy Jewish Viennese Mori(t)z Gallia had his wife Hermine portrayed by Gustav Klimt in 1903. In 1912, he commissioned Josef Hoffmann to build a residential house at Wohllebengasse 4 in Vienna. He moved into the master's apartment, which was very generously furnished by Hoffmann. In 1938, he and his family were forced to give up their home under the National Socialist regime. The family was, however, able to take most of the furnishings and art objects along to Australia.

Date:  1913
Period:  Vienna, 1913
Origin:  Austrian
Medium: pear wood veneer
Dimensions: 90 x 60 x 54 cm (35³/₈ x 23⁵/₈ x 21¹/₄ inches)

Estate of Mr and Mrs Gallia in Sydney, for approx. 50 years private property, Australia

Literature: C. Thun-Hohenstein, C. Witt-Döring, et alia (eds.), Josef Hoffmann 1870-1956. Fortschritt durch Schönheit: Das Handbuch zum Werk. MAK Vienna, 2021, p.193, illus. 19; MAK Inv. Nr. KI 9277-2


Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna, Josef Hoffmann 1870-1956. Progress Through Beauty, December 2021 until June 2022