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Josef Maria Olbrich Music Room Cabinet Darmstadt Germany made c.1900


Gorgeous Art Nouveau music room cabinet of finest manufacturing quality. Designer: Attributed to circle of Josef Maria Olbrich (1867-1908). Olbrich, the world-famous Austrian architect and co-founder of the Viennese Secession, had studied as from the year 1890 until 1893 at Viennese Academy of Fine Arts where he had been pupil of Karl v. Hasenauer. In period 1893-1898 Olbrich worked in the atelier / studio of the famous Viennese architect Otto Wagner who had designed for example the Viennese 'Postsparkasse' as well as the Viennese tram-train (the so-said 'Stadtbahn'). Beyond that, Olbrich planned and constructed the exhibition building of Viennese Secession, the famous Secession Hall, in 1897/98. Finally - in the year 1899 - the architect and designer was appointed as co-founder of Darmstadt Artists' Colony by Duke Ernst Ludwig von Hessen: Olbrich designed many houses (including his own) and several exhibition buildings there. Important Note: This Music Room cabinet is part of a complete room filled with luxurious furnishings which can't hardly be obtained on art market in such a completed state as we're offering here on 1stdibs! Detailed informations: This Music Room cabinet is constructed in following manner: It is of rectangular / oblong form type. The furniture piece having closed back wall (= backplane) is topped by tiered plates attached to ledge; underneath, there is a pair of slender circular columns existing, supporting the ledge as well as framing eight-fold doors edged by strips accentuated by black color. Additionally, doors' surface is ornamented with quatrefoil-shaped rosettes. Inside, various shelves & two drawers are existing. - The cabinet's area below consists of a pair of four-edged / square columns attached to a platter supporting the cabinet's chest with doors as mentioned above. Beyond that, a shelf connects the square columns to each other. Material: Sycamore veneer wood / perla horn & plane tree & black stained pearwood / additionally, several inlay woods & mother-of-pearl existing. The inside interior shelves are made of mahogany wood. Another copy of this Music Room Cabinet is preserved in the Museum of the Artist's Colony Darmstadt. Bibliography: Katalog der Kuenstlerkolonie Darmstadt (= Catalogue of Artist's Colony Darmstadt / Germany), published by Renate Ulmer (Darmstadt 1990), pages 194/195 Original vintage furniture deriving from manufacturing period! Measures: Height 162 cm / 63.78 inches, width 140 cm / 55.12 inches, depth 54 cm / 21.26 inches. In excellent condition / ready for use! Provenance: Privately owned art object.


  • Dimensions

    H 63.78 in. x W 55.12 in. x D 21.26 in.

    H 162.01 cm x W 140.01 cm x D 54.01 cm

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    Vienna, AT
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