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Signed with stamped manufacturer’s mark to underside: Wiener Werk Statte.

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Wiener Werkstatte

Josef Hoffman’s oeuvre embodies the seismic aesthetic and philosophical shifts that defined avant-garde art and design at the turn of the 19th century. He was a founding member of the Vienna Secession, an organization of artists and designers who sought to breakaway from rigid historical precedents, and later, the Wiener Werkstätte, a workshop dedicated to the production of craftwork of everyday objects including ceramics, textiles, and furniture. Hoffman was integral to defining Western applied arts during this period. The Stoclet Palace (1905–11), Hoffman’s masterpiece, embodies the artistic tension of this era and reveals the architect’s prescience; the mansion’s decorative details recall the fluid stylization of Art Nouveau, while the stark exterior walls—sheets of white marble edged in gilded metal—anticipate the austere planes and strict geometry of the International Style.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2020
Glass: Autumn 2020Galerie Kovacek
2019
Summer Highlights 2019Kunsthandel Kolhammer
2013
MAK Permanent Collection Vienna 1900MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
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Wiener Werkstätte
Exhibitions
2019
ART&ANTIQUE Residenz SalzburgKunsthandel Kolhammer
Summer Highlights 2019Kunsthandel Kolhammer
Wiener Werkstätte

Basket, 1905

Enameled and perforated steel
6 1/2 × 10 1/2 × 5 3/4 in
16.5 × 26.7 × 14.6 cm
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Rago/Wright

Signed with stamped manufacturer’s mark to underside: Wiener Werk Statte.

Medium
Manufacturer
Wiener Werkstatte

Josef Hoffman’s oeuvre embodies the seismic aesthetic and philosophical shifts that defined avant-garde art and design at the turn of the 19th century. He was a founding member of the Vienna Secession, an organization of artists and designers who sought to breakaway from rigid historical precedents, and later, the Wiener Werkstätte, a workshop dedicated to the production of craftwork of everyday objects including ceramics, textiles, and furniture. Hoffman was integral to defining Western applied arts during this period. The Stoclet Palace (1905–11), Hoffman’s masterpiece, embodies the artistic tension of this era and reveals the architect’s prescience; the mansion’s decorative details recall the fluid stylization of Art Nouveau, while the stark exterior walls—sheets of white marble edged in gilded metal—anticipate the austere planes and strict geometry of the International Style.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
Wiener Werkstätte
Exhibitions (2)
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