Description & Technical information

Designed by: Adolf Loos
Executed by: Friedrich Otto Schmidt,

Expertly repolished about 20 years ago, scratches and signs of use, small loss to veneer, original brass fittings, some glass replaced, very nice condition

H 230/44 cm, W 600 cm, D 66/35.5 cm, an installation depth of 120 cm is required because the angle between the ‘wings’ and the central section amounts to approx. 15°.

The design of the full-wall library bookcase in the study of Arthur and Leonie Friedmann’s apartment (in 1010 Vienna, Bellariastraße 4/2nd floor) shown on the photo from 1905 is almost identical. The rod pattern on the top rails of the bookcase was developed by Adolf Loos and is a typical feature of furniture designed by him. The pattern follows a very special rhythm: square follows double square, vertical follows horizontal shape. Friedrich Otto Schmidt produced much of the furniture designed by Adolf Loos for the latter’s wealthy clients. Often he also produced variations for his own customers. In this case, however, I assume with a probability bordering on certainty that this work of art was designed by Adolf Loos.

Date:  1905
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Vienna
Medium: Mahogany, Solid and veneer on pine, Stained pine
Dimensions: 230 x 600 x 66 cm (90¹/₂ x 236¹/₄ x 26 inches)
Provenance: Provenance: Dorotheum Auction house, around 1995, Galerie bei der Albertina, Christa Zetter, Vienna, 1996, Clare Hornsby (art historian)

Literature: Ref.: Rukschcio, Burkhardt, Adolf Loos, Vienna 1982, p. 438, ill. 445, p. 444, ill. 454; M. Kristan, Adolf Loos. Wohnungen in zeitgenössischen Photographien aus dem Archiv des Architekten, Vienna, 2001, ill. p. 50

Expert opinion: Dr. Burkhard Rukschcio, November 1996; Dr. Markus Kristan, November 2010
Categories: Decorative Arts & Design, Furniture