Description & Technical information

Our wall sconces were made in 1906. The ornaments show numerous stylistic elements used by Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. Above all, the border edging was employed by both of them for silver table services presented in the Wiener Werkstätte premises at Neustiftgasse 32–34 in a 1906 exhibition entitled "Der gedeckte Tisch" (The Set Table). It was produced in a number of variations, which only differed in minor details. A further characteristic of this wall sconce are the two small doors to the left and right of the glass-covered lamp. They probably served to provide access to stop cocks for water or gas or perhaps the fuse box was concealed behind them. The sconce might also have been attached to a piece of furniture or wooden wall panelling.

Date:  1906
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Vienna
Medium: Brass, polished and stove enamelled, cut and facetted original glass
Dimensions: 43 x 66 x 11 cm (16⁷/₈ x 26 x 4³/₈ inches)
Provenance: Private collection, Munich; private collection, Vienna
Categories: Decorative Arts & Design