Description & Technical information

Designed and executed by: Friedrich Otto Schmidt

Solid mahogany and veneer, one drawer, surface professionally repolished, polished copper fittings, some of them cast, ashtrays and automatically opening gaming chip containers activated by a central pull-out mechanism, table top recovered with blue Alcantara-like fabric, excellent condition

An original design sketch showing an almost identical table numbered model number 181 has been preserved in the archives of the company Friedrich Otto Schmidt company. Because of its very expensive mechanism our model certainly cost considerably more than the 260 krones quoted on the sketch.

We would like to thank Mr. Péter Rostás, Budapest, and Mr. Klaus Lorenz from the company Friedrich Otto Schmidt in Vienna for their friendly help and for providing us with the documentation.

Date:  1903
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Vienna
Medium: Solid mahogany and veneer
Dimensions: 73 x 95 x 95 cm (28³/₄ x 37²/₅ x 37²/₅ inches)
Provenance: private property, Germany
Literature: Ref.: Company archives of Friedrich Otto Schmidt, no. 181; A. Loos, Wohnkonzepte und Möbelentwürfe, Vienna, 1994, p. 78; P. Rostás, Mágnások Lakberendezöje, 2010, p. 228; Y. Macaux, Through Modernism, Brussels, p. 34, p. 70
Categories: Decorative Arts & Design, Furniture