Description & Technical information

Designed by: Dagobert Peche, Vienna, 1913


Solid beech, softwood, painted, interior stained in black, in the lower section two vertical struts were replaced in oak during a previous restoration, original glasses (one with a crack), original hinges, old locks missing; retouches aimed at preserving the original paint, seeking to carefully match the colour of the original paint when retouching imperfections.


H 200 cm, B 54 cm, T 48 cm


Peche received his first major public acclaim in 1913 in the magazine "Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration" volume 32, where author Rene Delhorbe wrote inter alia the following in a 13-page documentation: "He reminds us that life can be free, sensual and easy, for which we owe him a debt of gratitude. ... . Hardly ever is an artist so versatile. ... Peche is above all an architect, but he is also a wood carver and painter. I may say without exaggerating that Peche’s work is in a way unique, standing out in this art movement of ours." On page 367 of this magazine the display cabinet is depicted as part of a living room furnishing.  It is one of the few early pieces of furniture designed by the artist. Sadly, Peche died only 10 years later at the young age of 35.

Date:  1913
Period:  Vienna, 1913
Origin:  Austrian
Medium: Solid beech, softwood
Dimensions: 200 x 54 x 48 cm (78³/₄ x 21¹/₄ x 18⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: Berta Zuckerkandl gave this display cabinet to its previous owner’s parents 

Literature: Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, 1913, vol. 32, p. 366 f