Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, Pirnitz 1870–1956 Vienna)
Wood, ebonized wood, marble, nickel-plated brass
H. 23- 1/2, W. 25-3/4, D. 25-3/4 in. (59.7 x 65.4 x 65.4 cm)
54 lb (24.5 kg)
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2002
Not on view
This center table dates from the architect and designer Hoffmann’s most innovative period, the first decade of the twentieth century, when he turned from the prevailing modern style of Art Nouveau, with its curvilinear forms and emphasis on organic motifs, to his revolutionary approach based on strict geometry and a rejection of historicist decoration. The table is part of a suite of furniture that included two armchairs and a settee designed for the salon of Alexander Pazzani, an important client of Hoffmann’s.
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