Description & Technical information

Designed by: Josef Hoffmann, Vienna, 1905
Executed by: Wiener Werkstätte, model no. M 0406

The importance of the Wittgenstein family in the promotion and sponsorship of the fine and applied arts in Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century is well documented. The artistically-gifted Paul Wittgenstein, brother of industrialist Karl, and uncle to the celebrated philosopher Ludwig, was an enthusiastic patron of the Wiener Werkstätte. In 1906, he commissioned Josef Hoffmann to design an apartment at Salesianergasse 7 in Vienna’s 3rd district for his son Hermann (1879–1953) and his wife Lyda (1879–1964), née Fries.

Date:  1905
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Vienna
Medium: Nickel-plated brass, Silk shade with rectangular lead weights
Signature: Marked: JH, WW, rose mark, KS (metal craftsman Konrad Schindel)

Dimensions: 36 cm (14¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: Hermann Wittgenstein family, 1030 Vienna, Salesianergasse 7
Literature: Wiener Werkstätte archives, Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, model no. G 0406, photo volume WWF 97-17-3
Categories: Decorative Arts & Design, Furniture