The dressing room in the Hölzl apartment had a table with a drawer and a chaise longue, as well as other armchairs, en suite.
This chair was made for the dressing-room in the Hölzl apartment in Vienna. Originally, according to Berta Zuckerkandl who described the chair in an article in 1904, the seat was upholstered originally in grey-green silk with black and white gimp.
Designed by Koloman Moser (Austrian, 1868-1918)
Probably made by Caspar Hrazdil, Vienna, Austria
Maple inlaid with ebonised pearwood, with brass feet
Made for the dressing room of the apartment of Dr Hölzl, director of the Sanatorium Löw in Vienna. The seat was originally upholstered in grey-green silk with black and white gimp. The maple was described by a contemporary writer as white or light.
Tub armchair, of maple with ebonised pearwood. Six brass-capped feet rise as uprights to support a semi-circular maple back rail which continues to form arms. The areas between the uprights are concave, panelled in maple and each section is divided into squares, the upper one of each hollowed out and featuring a square of small ebonised circles. The back and sides of the armchair are upholstered in five sections of fabric trimmed with gimp, the sprung seat is covered as one section.
This armchair was designed by Koloman Moser in the latest Vienna Secession style, for the apartment of a Viennese doctor. It was conceived en-suite with a table and chaise longue, for a dressing room, and was upholstered originally in grey-green silk and white trimming. The design echoes the fascination of the period with plain surfaces, light-coloured woods and ebonised decoration, all reminiscient of Biedermeier design of the period 1815-1840.
Although the wood has darkened and the inlay faded, the chair's form has lost nothing of its novelty.