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Koloman Moser

Koloman Moser (AUSTRIA, 1868–1918)

Born in Vienna in 1868, Koloman Moser briefly attended trade school, honoring his father’s wish to see him in commerce. But he soon surrendered to his artistic inclinations, enrolling in 1885 in Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied painting.

When his father died unexpectedly in 1888, leaving the family in financial straits, Moser (1868–1918) helped out by doing illustrations for books and magazines. Meanwhile, he continued his painting studies, at the academy and then at the School of Arts and Crafts, starting in 1892. That was also the year that Moser, along with other young artists revolting against the Viennese art world’s devotion to naturalism, formed the Siebner Club, the precursor to the Vienna Secession.

Moser’s introduction during his last term at school to Gustav Klimt’s Allegory of Sculpture proved a turning point for the young artist. Christian Witt-Dörring, guest curator of the 2018–19 exhibition “Koloman Moser: Universal Artist between Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann” at the MAK in Vienna, noted a change in the artist’s drawing style. “Primarily inspired by the art of Japan, [Klimt] introduces new paper sizes, fragmented image details, and an emphasis on the line as opposed to the surface,” wrote Witt-Dörring in the exhibition’s catalogue.

A year later, in 1897, Moser together with Klimt, Carl Moll, Joseph Olbrich and Josef Hoffmann founded the Vienna Secession, a union of artists and designers determined to upend Austria’s artistic conservatism. The members were committed to making total works of art: Gesamtkunstwerken. Looking to the English Arts and Crafts Movement, with its guiding principle of unity of the arts, the group attempted to bring art back into everyday life and introduce a local modernism to fin-de-siècle Vienna. Moser, whose membership in the club also afforded him entry into upper-class Viennese society, turned his back on oil painting and forged ahead with Gesamtkunstwerk.

Moser created everything from exhibition design to facade ornamentation for the Secession Building, to graphic materials. Moser also produced posters and advertisements in his “modern style” for various companies. In 1898, he presented his first decor pieces, including hand-knotted rugs and cushion covers. In 1899, Moser began what would become a lifelong professorship at the School of Arts and Crafts. His repertoire now expanded to include furniture, ceramics and patterns like his trademark checkerboard design. He also moved into scenography and fashion and established himself as an interior designer.

The artist decorated his own home in 1902, after which he received a series of important commissions, notably the villa of textile industrialist Fritz Waerndorfer. It was Waerndorfer who provided the financial support that enabled Moser and Hoffmann in 1903 to found the Wiener Werkstätte, a platform for fully realizing their ideal of Gesamtkunstwerk. Two years later, Moser married Edith Mautner von Markhof, the daughter to one of Austria’s great industrial barons, and his work thrived. 

In 1907, the Wiener Werkstätte ran into financial trouble. Losing faith in the unity of the arts and disillusioned with the group’s dependency on wealthy patrons like Waerndorfer, Moser left the Werkstätte. He returned to his original discipline, painting, which he continued to practice until his untimely death from cancer, in 1918.

Today, Koloman Moser’s work, from his metal vases to his jewelry to his interiors, remains sought-after and revered. Browse Moser's radically modern creations at 1stDibs.

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Koloman Moser/Otto Wagner "Steinhof Church" Chandelier, Re-Edition
By Otto Wagner, Woka Lamps, Koloman Moser
Located in Vienna, AT
Variation of the magnificent chandelier for the "Steinhof Church" by Otto Wagner, different measures and settings are possible All components according to the UL regulations, with...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Brass

Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann Jugendstil Chandelier, Re-Edition
By Koloman Moser, Woka Lamps, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
A very nice version from the often used design by Koloman Moser as well as by Josef Hoffmann, the total drop will be custom-made. Originally manufactured at the Wiener Werkstaette ...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann- Showroom of Wiener Werkstaette Chandelier Jugendstil, Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser
Located in Vienna, AT
Chandelier for the entrance of the WW-showrooms in Neustiftgasse 32/34 in Vienna, design 1903. Four single pendants, mounted on a ceiling-plate. The single pendants are as well avai...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Crystal, Metal

Wiener Werkstaette Koloman Moser Flower Stand, Re-Edition
By Wiener Werkstätte, Woka Lamps, Koloman Moser
Located in Vienna, AT
Designed and originally manufactured for the early showrooms of the Wiener Werkstaette in Vienna VII, Neustiftgasse 32-34 - Model# M 0182 The diameter of the pots is 16cm Punch...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Iron

Coat Rack Modell Nr. 10414 by Koloman Moser for Gebrüder Thonet, 1905s
By Koloman Moser
Located in Wien, AT
Koloman Moser 30 March 1868 – 18 October 1918 was an Austrian artist who exerted considerable influence on twentieth-century graphic art and one of the foremost artists of the Vienna...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Beech

Pair of Austrian Secessionist Side Armchairs by Koloman Moser for J & J Kohn
By Jacob & Josef Kohn, Koloman Moser
Located in New York City, NY
A fine pair of Austrian Secessionist bentwood chairs for a salon / living room, office, bedroom, foyer... in walnut stained beechwood with upholstered seat and back. Designed by Ko...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Koloman Moser

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Bentwood

Koloman Moser Crystal Glass and Brass Jugendstil Ceiling Lamp, Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Wiener Werkstätte, Koloman Moser
Located in Vienna, AT
Pendant for the apartment Margaret und Jerome Stonborough. Margaret (Gretl) was the sister of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Famous is the painting made by Gustav Klimt on the ...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Crystal, Metal

Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstätte Ceiling Light with Opaline Bulbs
By Woka Lamps, Koloman Moser
Located in Vienna, AT
Ceiling light with ten opaline glass bulbs, total drop custom made. Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser were using these designs! Glasses with colored spots with an additional charg...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Brass

Koloman Moser for Otto Wagner "Steinhof Church" Chandelier 36 Flames Re edition
By Otto Wagner, Woka Lamps, Koloman Moser
Located in Vienna, AT
Magnificent chandelier for the "Steinhof Church" by Otto Wagner, different measures and settings are possible; As Kolo Moser did several of such designs and was involved in the plann...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann&Koloman Moser, Wiener Werkstaette Vienna Secession Pendant Edit
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser
Located in Vienna, AT
A single pendant from the chandelier for the entrance of the Wiener Werkstaette-Showrooms in Neustiftgasse 32/34 in Vienna Hammered or plain - another image shows the complete chande...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Crystal, Brass

Loetz Glass Vase "Crete Papillon" by Koloman Moser for E. Bakalowits, circa 1899
By Koloman Moser, Johann Lötz Witwe
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Stunning Loetz glass vase by Koloman Moser for E. Bakalowits made in Klostermuehle/ Bohemia, circa 1899. This rare Bohemian glass vase was designed by none other than world-famous Au...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Koloman Moser

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Blown Glass

Jugendstil Vienna Secessionist Koloman Moser Pendant Re-edition
By Koloman Moser, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Basic pendant which can be delivered with bigger glasses as well and total drop is coustom made
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Brass

Koloman Moser/Josef Hoffmann/Wiener Werkstätte Jugendstil Lamp Re-Edition
By Koloman Moser, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Small and elegant wall or ceiling lamp; the depth is including Edison-bulb. The hole for the bulb has 6.5 cm or 2.55". Originally manufactured at the Wiener Werkstätte, now manufactu...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Brass

Kolo Koloman Moser/Josef Hoffmann Opaline Glass Pendant Jugendstil, Re-Edition
By Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Single pendant often used by Josef Hoffmann as well as by Koloman Moser. We have the colored glasses in several versions and also the white opaline glasses. Length is custom made! Al...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Brass

Koloman Moser&Wiener Werkstaette Jugendstil Table Lamp Re-Edition
By Koloman Moser, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Very important, early design, presumably one of the first lamps produced at the Wiener Werkstaette, hammered originally. Variation from several designs as per Wiener Werkstaette patt...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Crystal, Brass

Otto Wagner&Koloman Moser Chandelier for "Kirche am Steinhof" -48 Flames
By Otto Wagner, Koloman Moser, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Magnificent chandelier for the "Steinhof Church" by Otto Wagner, different measures and settings are possible. Glass-balls etched and faceted. The color of the glasses on the canopy ...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Brass

Koloman Moser Chanukiah, 1904 Jugendstil, Wiener Werkstaette Style Re Edtion
By Wiener Werkstätte, Koloman Moser, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Koloman Moser designed this Chanukkia for Hermann Wittgenstein 1904, other images show the interior for Hermann Wittgenstein as well as a documentation of Deutsche Kunst und Dekorat...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Brass

Koloman 'Kolo' Moser Table or Wall Lamp in one re-edition
By Koloman Moser, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Table and wall lamp in one: "Pivot".
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Brass

Original Massiv Silver Jugendstil Candleholder Koloman Moser Wiener Werkstaette
By Wiener Werkstätte, Koloman Moser
Located in Vienna, AT
Materials and techniques notes: Silver and Lapislazuli Iconic and modern, this candleholder is a Classic design by Koloman Moser in the style of Wiener Werksta¨tte. ‘Gitterwerk,’ or...
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Early 1900s Austrian Jugendstil Antique Koloman Moser

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Silver

Koloman Moser for the Wiener Werstaette Jugendstil Wall Light, Re-Edition
By Wiener Werkstätte, Koloman Moser, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
For the fashion saloon of the Floege-sisters, early 20th century All components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we will UL-list and label our fixtures.
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Crystal, Brass

Koloman Moser/Otto Wagner "Steinhof Church" Chandelier, Re-Edition
By Koloman Moser, Woka Lamps, Otto Wagner
Located in Vienna, AT
Variation of the magnificent chandelier for the "Steinhof Church" " by Otto Wagner, different measures and settings are possible".  
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Brass

Original Otto Wagner & Kohn Jacob & Josef & Koloman 'Kolo' Moser Ensemble, 1901
By Koloman Moser, Otto Wagner, Jacob & Josef Kohn
Located in Vienna, AT
As pioneer and master of the Modern, Otto Wagner seized the then rather new technique of bending wood for his furniture designs. Occasionally These furniture are attributed to Kolom...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Koloman Moser

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Fabric, Bentwood

Art Noveau Dining Table and Six Dining Chairs designed by Koloman Moser
By Koloman Moser, August Ungethüm
Located in Budapest, HU
The opening dining table and six chairs were designed by Koloman Moser. They are a part of the dinner set which included the clock, large and small sideboards. The famous Viennese f...
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Koloman Moser

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Chrome

Large Austrian Sideboard by Koloman Moser for August Ungethüm, 1904
By Koloman Moser, August Ungethüm
Located in Budapest, HU
Large Austrian brown sideboard by Koloman Moser for August Ungethüm, 1904 This large sideboard is designed by Koloman Moser. It is the third version of design of 1900. The sideboa...
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Koloman Moser

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Chrome

Austrian Long-Case Clock by Koloman Moser for August Ungethüm, 1904
By Koloman Moser, August Ungethüm
Located in Budapest, HU
This long-case clock is designed by Koloman Moser. It is a part of the dinner set which included the clock, large and small sideboards, a dining table and six chairs. The famous Vie...
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Koloman Moser

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Chrome

Otto Wagner & Koloman Moser Wall Light for "Steinhofchurch", Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Otto Wagner, Koloman Moser
Located in Vienna, AT
Wall-lamp for the famous Steinhof-Church in Vienna, built in 1904. Available in different finishes. Originally manufactured at the Wiener Werkstaette Atelier, now custom-made produc...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Brass

Pair of Bentwood Armchairs by Koloman Moser, Viennese Secession, circa 1900
By Koloman Moser
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of bentwood armchairs by Koloman Moser, Viennese secession, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Koloman Moser

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Bentwood

Bentwood Bench by Koloman Moser, Viennese Secession, circa 1900
By Koloman Moser
Located in Brussels, BE
Bentwood bench by Koloman Moser, Viennese secession, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Koloman Moser

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Bentwood

Koloman Moser Jugendstil Ceiling Lamp Re-Edition
By Koloman Moser, Wiener Werkstätte, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Pendant for the apartment Margaret und Jerome Stonborough. Margaret (Gretl) was the sister of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Famous is the painting made by Gustav Klimt on the ...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Crystal, Metal

Koloman Moser Floor Lamp in Perforated Nickel
By Koloman Moser
Located in Chicago, IL
Original design from the early period of the Wiener Werkstatte, circa 1903. This is a later reissue, circa 1980. Nickel finish. Dome over two medium base sockets. Perforated sheet me...
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20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Koloman Moser

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Nickel

Koloman Moser Wiener Werkstätte Jugendstil Table Lamp Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Koloman Moser
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful and well balaced lamp, which can be used as a wall lamp as well as a table lamp. Please compare the Ornament with that on the furniture-keys of the Wiener Werkstatte.
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Koloman Moser

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Brass

Koloman Moser Three-Panel Screen
By Koloman Moser
Located in Hudson, NY
Bentwood fret with birch back panel screen with brass hardware by Koloman Moser for J&J Kohn.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Koloman Moser

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Bentwood

Kohn Magazine Rack Bentwood Plywood Black, Kolo Moser Nr. 1070, circa 1901-1905
By Koloman Moser
Located in Vienna, AT
Kohn Vienna newspapers or magazine rack, model number 1070 beech wood (bentwood) and plywood, black stained or highest quality handwork or of most elegant form type: Please note...
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Koloman Moser

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Bentwood

Art Nouveau Ceiling Lamp Chandelier Design Kolo Moser by Bakalowits, Vienna 1910
By Koloman Moser
Located in Vienna, AT
Most elegant Art Nouveau ceiling lamp or chandelier with three bulbs made by Bakalowits & Sons. Vienna (Austria), manufactured circa 1905-1910. Specifications: Three bulbs made ...
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Koloman Moser

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Brass

Vienna Secessionist Crystal Glass Vase Pitcher Koloman Moser Loetz Art Nouveau
By Koloman Moser
Located in Nierstein am Rhein, DE
Rare big and fine secessionist Art Nouveau / Jugendstil crackle crystal glass jug, vase or pitcher designed by Koloman Moser (1868-1918 ) Vienna, Austria around 1900 and executed by ...
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Early 1900s Austrian Vienna Secession Antique Koloman Moser

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Crystal

Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann Art Nouveau Armchair
By Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser
Located in Paris, FR
Koloman Moser (1868-1918) and Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956). Bent and polished beech and plywood, dyed to rosewood, brass inlays, renewed upholstery. Measures: Height 70 cm (27.5 in.)...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Koloman Moser

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Beech, Plywood

Moser Art Nouveau Amethyst Intaglio Cut Crystal Centerpiece
By Koloman Moser
Located in Great Barrington, MA
This is an unusual Art Nouveau, handblown crystal centerpiece made by Moser, Karlsbad, circa 1890. The size and shape make it a perfect choice for a floral arrangement, low and elega...
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19th Century Czech Art Nouveau Antique Koloman Moser

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Crystal

Czech Art Nouveau Purple Gilt Perfume Bottle by Moser
By Koloman Moser
Located in New York, NY
Czech Art Nouveau Moser dark purple ten-sided crystal perfume bottle with gilt decorated scene with classical figures.
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Late 19th Century Czech Art Nouveau Antique Koloman Moser

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Gold Leaf

Signed Moser Alexandrite Hand Blown Crystal Footed Vase and Pair of Compotes
By Koloman Moser
Located in Great Barrington, MA
From my amazing collection of signed Moser, "Alexandrite," this pair of footed compotes or low vases is sold separately but works beautifully with the similar vase. Each piece is han...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Deco Koloman Moser

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Crystal

Pair of Signed Moser "Alexandrite" Vases or Centerpieces
By Koloman Moser
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Another beautiful example from my Moser "Alexandrite" collection. These two hand blown vases are large enough to be centerpieces on a dining room table or perfect garniture...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Deco Koloman Moser

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Crystal

Pair of Signed Moser Alexandrite Footed Compotes and Vases
By Koloman Moser
Located in Great Barrington, MA
From my amazing collection of signed Moser, "Alexandrite", these two pairs are sold separately but work beautifully together. Each piece is hand blown with subtle optic ribbing and l...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Deco Koloman Moser

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Crystal

Moser 19" Hand Blown Topaz Covered Vase/Pokal w/ Prunts & Raised Gilt Decoration
By Koloman Moser
Located in Great Barrington, MA
This is an exquisite example of a 19th C. Moser hand blown Pokal with the finest detailed decoration. It is tall and elegant, standing 18 inches and is embellished with applied prunt...
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19th Century Czech Rococo Antique Koloman Moser

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Crystal