Joseph Maria Olbrich and Julius Glückert Vienna Secession Burrwood, Ebonized Maple and Mahogany Cabinet with Mother-of-Pearl Inlay
Possibly designed for the Music Salon of Ernest Louis (Ernst Ludwig), Grand Duke of Hesse, founder of Darmstadt Artists' Colony, in Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany
Height 63 1/2 inches, width 55 inches, depth 21 inches.
At present, only four of these rare cabinets are known, including the cabinet offered here. One of the other known cabinets is in the collection of the Institute Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt (the Museum of the Darmstadt Artists' Colony), which had belonged to the Grand Duke Ernest Louis. A third example is in the permanent collection of the Bröhan-Museum, in Berlin.
A related cabinet sold at Sotheby's, London, Fine & Decorative Arts & Design From 1870, May 4, 2006, lot 31; another related cabinet, quite possibly the cabinet just cited, sold at Christie's, Amsterdam, 20th Century Decorative Arts, November 22, 2006, lot 314.
Historical Design, New York, New York, 1990s
C A Private Collection of Important Design
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