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Neal Prince Trust


Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) Viennese
"The Biach Bench"
ca 1905
(Vienna Secession Collection)
 

Inventory Item NAPT-000296
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Joseph Hoffmann (1870-1956) Biach Bench, c1905

Inventory Item NAPT-000296
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Joseph Hoffmann (1870-1956) Biach Bench Original Fabric Pattern, c1905

Inventory Item NAPT-000296
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Joseph Hoffmann (1870-1956) Biach Bench, c1905

Inventory Item NAPT-000296
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Joseph Hoffmann (1870-1956) Biach Bench Original Fabric Pattern, c1905

Inventory Item NAPT-000296
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Joseph Hoffmann (1870-1956) Viennese

Inventory Item NAPT-000296
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Joseph Hoffmann (1870-1956) Biach Bench Original Fabric Pattern, c1905

Artist:           Joseph Hoffmann (1870-1957

Title:            "The Biach Bench”¹

Date:            ca.1905

Set:              No, only the bench, pending to acquire an additional set of original chairs

Medium:      Vienna Secession Bentwood Bench Design

Materials:     Bentwood, original fabric pattern

Markings:     Wiener Werkstätte (literally refers to the Vienna Workshop) Plat on the back underside of the Bench

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000296

Provenance: Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999, (1998-Present)

Mr. Neal Prince (1978-1998)

A Gallery for Professional Interior Designers, which located in New York, New York ( -1978)

 

Footnote ¹:              AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHAIRS, by Simon Yates, Page 92, ©1988, Published by Wellfleet Press, 110 Enterprise Avenue, Secaucus, New Jersey 07094

Mr. Prince’s wide range of period furniture collections, range from 14th Century to the Post Modern period, with a focus on craftsmanship of each piece within the collection, as being a stand alone of artwork within each structure of a chair, bench, armoire or even his own designs of post modern. With regards to the Josef Hoffmann’s Biach Bench (c.1905) that is held by the PRINCE TRUST collection, the original fabric is in perfect condition. This Biach Bench is a premier example of Josef Hoffmann’s bentwood designs, which shows Hoffmann’s command of the bentwood medium, as produced by his own factory. Characteristically using geometric shapes, simple straight lines, and spherical supports at the joints through which screws join seat to leg, the design was light, economical to produce, yet sturdy and stylish. Hoffmann was an influential architect, closely associated with the Vienna Secession and later to be a founder of the Wiener Wekstätte (literally, the Vienna Workshop) in 1903. Although he was radical in his designs, being much influenced by Mackintosh, he was also highly respected and taught at the Vienna School of Arts & Crafts for over 30 years.  One of the signatures of his chair and bench designs are the curious lobes or spheres which support the joints on the front legs. Each original piece would have a plate on the lower back, or underneath of the item with the Wiener Wekstätte manufacture identification plate, which this bench has.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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