Otto Prutscher (Austrian, Vienna 1880–1949 Vienna)
Beissbarth & Hoffmann (Mannheim-Rheinau, Germany)
Wood, metal, paint
36 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (92.7 x 40 cm)
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1993
On view at The Met Breuer on Floor 3
Otto Prutscher was a prominent member of the Wiener Werkstätte and studied under Josef Hoffmann. This plant stand’s towerlike design is a masterful example of the modernist perception of beauty as a direct expression of rational, clear structure. The black-and-white checkerboard is echoed in the alternating tiers of square cachepots. The motif is similar to one employed at the time in Glasgow by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose work was well-known and admired in Vienna.
(sale, Sotheby's, London, September 23, 1993, no. 59, as attributed to Koloman Moser, sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Charles Rennie Mackintosh," November 19, 1996–February 16, 1997, no. 220.
Art Institute of Chicago. "Charles Rennie Mackintosh," March 29–June 22, 1997, no. 220.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Charles Rennie Mackintosh," August 3–October 12, 1997, no. 220.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part I: 1900–1925," December 14, 1999–March 26, 2000, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Curator's Eye: J. Stewart Johnson, 1990–2004," March 1–November 6, 2005, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection," May 30–October 5, 2008, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900 to the Present," June 23, 2009–May 1, 2011, no catalogue.
Beissbarth & Hoffmann AG. Rheinauer Garten und Verandamöbel Spalierwerke. Mannheim, 1907, p. 20, no. 7, ill.
Dorothee Müller. Klassiker des modernen Möbeldesign: Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser. Munich, 1980, ill. p. 65.
Kirk Varnedoe. Vienna 1900: Art, Architecture & Design. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York. New York, 1986, p. 83, ill. p. 116 (collection Julius Hummel, Vienna), attributes it to Koloman Moser and dates it about 1903.
J. Stewart Johnson in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1993–1994." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 52 (Autumn 1994), p. 64, ill. (color).
Kathleen Howard, ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. 2nd ed. (1st ed., 1983). New York, 1994, p. 464, no. 59, ill. (color).
Gabriele Fahr-Becker. Wiener Werkstaette 1903–1932. Cologne, 1995, p. 28, ill. p. 33 (color), as attributed to Koloman Moser.