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Adolf Loos Six-Legged 'Haberfeld' Table, F.O. Schmidt, Brass Wood, Austria, 1899



A fantastic and extremely rare 'Haberfeld' table with six legs manufactured by Friedrich Otto Schmidt, Vienna, in 1900s. It is made of walnut stained wood with brass shoes and a brass surrounded top. The finish is French polished, a technique that uses many thin layers of shellac applied by hand. This is a costly and time-consuming handcrafted procedure and was used for high-quality pieces during this period. Adolf Loos used this table model and variations of it several times, such as in 1899 for the seating area in the family living room of the art historian and writer Dr. Hugo Haberfeld in Vienna’s 8th district at No. 53 Alser Straße. He subsequently used this item for further projets. For instance when he furnished the Stoessl apartment in Vienna’s 13th district at No. 235 Auhofstraße in 1901. Lit.: (1) Das Interieur, IV, Vienna 1903, pp. 14–16 (2) L. Hevesi, Adolf Loos, feuilleton in: Fremdenblatt, Vienna, 22 Nov. 1907 (3) B. Rukschio, R. Schachel, Adolf Loos, Salzburg/Vienna 1982, p. 421, fig. 410, p. 71, fig. 63 (4) E. B. Ottillinger, Adolf Loos. Wohnkonzepte und Möbelentwürfe, Salzburg/Vienna 1994, p. 48, fig. 40, p. 48, fig. 40, p. 102, fig. 125 (5) M. Kristan, Adolf Loos - Wohnungen, Album Verlag, 2001, p. 23 (Hugo Haberfeld apartment, Vienna VIII, No. 53 Alser Straße, seating area) (6) Zednicek, Adolf Loos, Vienna 2004, p. 97, fig. 89. About Loos: Adolf Franz Karl Viktor Maria Loos (10 December 1870-23 August 1933) was an Austrian and Czech architect and influential European theorist of modern architecture. His essay ornament and crime advocated smooth and clear surfaces in contrast to the lavish decorations of the fin de siècle and also to the more modern aesthetic principles of the Vienna Secession. Loos became a Pioneer of modern architecture and contributed a body of theory and criticism of Modernism in architecture and design. Adolf Loos was one of the most important Viennese architects and designers besides Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Joseph Maria Olbrich, and Otto Wagner in Vienna in the early 20th century.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 26.78 in. (68 cm)Diameter: 31.5 in. (80 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good original condition.
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1082417668421

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Located in Vienna, Austria

Always on the lookout for beautiful, rare and high-quality 20th-century design, this dealer offers furnishings made in the 1950s to 1970s in Austria, Italy, Germany and Scandinavian, as well as selected Jugendstil, Art Nouveau and Art Deco pieces from the 1900s and Bauhaus items from the 1930s. Its inventory is predominately lighting,...

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