Description & Technical information

The Heimat [Homeland](dining room), München [Munich] (gentlemen’s study), Bavaria (bedroom) and Köln [Cologne] (drawing room) series of furniture from the Viennese company Bernhard Ludwig combine tradition and modernity in a very distinctive formal language that has hints of French art nouveau. The detailed carving, inlays and fittings together with the outstanding cabinet making characterise this exquisite example of the skilful craftsmanship of Viennese Jugendstil.

Designed and executed by: Bernhard Ludwig, cabinetmaker by appointment to the imperial and royal court, Vienna, from 1906 on
Marked on the locks: Bernh. Ludwig, Wien 28

Rosewood and rose wood veneer, floral and geometrical inlay in different woods, (birch, thuja, rosewood, maple, bird’s-eye maple), solid rosewood with beautiful floral carvings, small repairs to the veneer, surface slightly repolished, copper and brass fittings with beautiful original patina, glass, cut and faceted glass, except for the polish good original condition, first-class Viennese cabinet making.

3-weight, one-week chain movement with strikes on two chimes on half and full hour, silver-plated face signed: JOHANN WOLKENSTEIN WIEN, movement overhauled by master clockmaker 

The long case clock is very probably from the München series since it is also a part of our gentlemen’s study. It is very likely that it was offered as part of the Heimat (dining room) and Köln (drawing room) series as well. 

Date:  1906
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Vienna
Medium: Rosewood and rose wood veneer
Dimensions: 202 x 50 x 25 cm (79¹/₂ x 19⁵/₈ x 9⁷/₈ inches)
Literature: Ref.: V. Behal, Möbel des Jugendstils, Vienna, 1981, p. 197 f.
Categories: Decorative Arts & Design, Furniture