Art Nouveau – 30 November 2018
This auction will again feature two exceptional Art Nouveau objects by Josef HOFFMANN. Not only Hoffmann’s customary harmonious composition makes these pieces extraordinary but also their provenance: The pendant of iridescent mother-of-pearl, created in 1909, was worn by none other than the famous fashion designer and Klimt muse Emilie Flöge on a long, delicate silver chain. Hoffmann’s silver mantel clock on the other hand shows on its base an engraved personal dedication to Yella Hertzka, an Austrian philanthropist and prominent advocate for peace and women’s rights. In 1913, Hertzka and her husband commissioned Josef Hoffmann to erect individual villas on their property, which were later turned over to friends. The clock is a gift from these villa owners and still today a reminder of an unusual urban development experiment, the “Villenkolonie Kaasgraben”. This rare and very illustrious provenance definitely enhances the historical and cultural importance of this unique clock!A collection of wooden models for mirrors and picture frames represents another unique offer: these pieces were created in the legendary Viennese workshop of Max WELZ according to designs by artists such as Josef Hoffmann and Dagobert Peche.