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)
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2002
On view at The Met Breuer on Floor 3
This center table dates from Hoffmann’s most innovative period, when he turned from the prevailing modern style of Art Nouveau, with its emphasis on curvilinear forms and organic motifs, to his revolutionary approach based on strict geometry and a rejection of historicist decoration. Here, the materials themselves are the decoration. The table is part of a suite of furniture that includes two armchairs and a settee, designed for the salon of Alexander Pazzani, an important client of Hoffmann’s.
Alexander Pazzani, Vienna (from 1903); by descent to private collection; private collection, Sydney; (sale, Shapiro Auctioneers, Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia, May 9, 2002, no. 378, sold to MMA)
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. "Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900–Present, Part II," May 23, 2011–July 1, 2012, no catalogue.
Josef August Lux. "Der Salon." Das Interieur 5 (1904), ill. p. 12.
Eduard F. Sekler. Josef Hoffmann, the Architectural Work: Monograph and Catalogue of Works. Princeton, 1985, p. 290, no. 90.
Jane Adlin in "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2002–2003." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 61 (Fall 2003), pp. 44–45, ill. (color).