NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips de Pury & Company
announces Vienna and the Wiener Werkstätte, an auction of important 20th-century Austrian design to be held March 3rd at the companys New York flagship, 450 Park Avenue.
The Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop), among the great design collectives of the 20th Century, was founded by architect Josef Hoffmann and painter Koloman Moser and operated from 1903-1932. At the Wiener Werkstätte, artists and craftsmen worked side-by-side on a wide range of handcrafted works characterized by meticulous attention to form and detail. In a 1905 manifesto, Josef Hoffmann declared: Our strength must lie in good proportions and materials well handled. Exceptional quality and a high level of craftsmanship were hallmarks of the Wiener Werkstättes and an antidote to the superficial excesses of the late 19th Century.
The spirit of the Wiener Werkstätte was characterized by Gesamtkunstwerk, the ideal of the total work of art. In keeping with that spirit, Phillips de Pury & Companys Design auction will integrate many aspects of the Wiener Werkstättes production furniture, jewelry, silver, glass, ceramics and textilesas well as furniture by seminal Austrian architect Otto Wagner and his head draftsman Marcel Kammerer.
Phillips de Purys Design auction will include works produced for many of Wagners and the Wiener Werkstättes most significant commissions: the Österreichische Postsparkasse, the telegraph office of Die Zeit, the Palais Stoclet, the Cabaret Fledermaus, and the Alfred Roller apartment. In addition to designs produced by the Wiener Werkstättes own craftsmen, the auction will include works made by the finest producers of the period including Loetz, E. Bakalowits Söhne, J & L Lobmeyr, J & J Kohn, and Thonet.
Alexander Payne, Worldwide Director of Design, Phillips de Pury: Early 20th century Viennese art and design continues to have international cultural resonance as evidenced by recent and forthcoming exhibitions at major museums and galleries. We are delighted to present this timely auction which will include significant works from this incredibly formative period.
Among more than fifty lots, highlights include:
Josef Hoffmanns Rare seven-ball side chair, ca. 1906, with an estimate of $50,000-70,000
Koloman Mosers Very fine unique pendant,1905, a necklace comprising gold bean pods, with an estimate of $350,000-400,000
Josef Hoffmanns Large rare Gitterwerk basket, ca. 1905, with an estimate of $60,000-80,000
Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickels Important frieze study for the childrens nursery, Palais Stoclet, Brussels (1908-1911) with an estimate of $l50, 000-180,000
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