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Weiss & Basser Architectural Buffet with Jean Nison Tiles



Extraordinary custom designed and built walnut architectural buffet console by Hans Weiss (1900 to ?) and William Basser (1900 to 1958) including hand painted and glazed tiles by Jean Nison. This work was commissioned for the 90 Riverside Drive apartment of Jacques and Alina Roisen circa 1959 together with a curved wall with floating sideboard (listed separately). Overall dimensions are 113 inches high x 123 inches wide by 18 inches diameter. The height has been adjusted once previously by extending the uprights. The horizontal case is ten feet long (123 inches by 18 inches x 5 inches) and has four drawers two of which are lined for silverware. It is secured to the wall and further supported by two sets of elliptical walnut double legs which appear to rise up through the case all the way to the ceiling. The two pair of elliptical vertical supports are surmounted by a floating panel with the same elliptical foil edges and fitted in center with painted tiles by Jean Nison. These uprights can be illuminated as in image 13. For more on the ceramic tiles and murals of Jean Nison see Michael Padwee's impeccably researched blog Tiles In New York Hans Weiss and William Basser were both Viennese Jewish émigrées to New York in the late 1830's. Their work, both residential and commercial is extensively documented in the Gottscho-Schleisner photographic archives in the Library of Congress under both Hans Weiss and Weiss & Basser. Photographed November 1960 by Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc. Although the photo archives cite only Hans Weiss as the designer on the Roisen project, further research suggests that related design concepts and motifs had been utilized on projects completed by the partnership of Weiss & Basser prior to 1958 when William Basser died. Therefore design credit should be shared with William Basser. See our separate listing LU886622682472 for the Roisen's Weiss & Basser Curved Wall with Floating Sideboard. References: Hans Weiss and Weiss & Basser, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection, Library of Congress The Ceramic Tiles and Murals of Jean Nison by Michael Padwee Fantasies in Tile, Jean Nison, Craft Horizons, May-June 1953, Vol VIII No. 3.


  • Creator
    Hans Weiss (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 113 in. (287.02 cm)Width: 123 in. (312.42 cm)Depth: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. We have removed the varnish of the horizontal case which was the only notable wear. We will re-apply satin varnish to the case unless requested otherwise.
  • Seller Location
    Hingham, MA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU886622968512

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