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Cabinet Robert Fix for Portois & Fix ca. 1901

SKU 794

Sideboard for a Smoking room, design Robert Fix, executed by Portois & Fix Vienna, ca. 1901, rosewood and other precious woods, intarsia, brass, original faceted glass, original company plaquettes

  • Width: 43cm
  • Height: 180cm
  • Depth: 210cm
  • Dating: 1901 to 1903
    Technique: rosewood massive and veneer, inlay of heart leaf ornament in maple and mahogany, interior elm wood, brass fittings, base faced in brass, original cut and facetted glass panels
    Provenance: private collection, Vienna

    verso rubber prints: 921/41 PORTOIS & FIX / 84770 / WIEN / 8382_2, Schl. Nr. 10125; on locks: 10125, 10093 Bib.: Monika Wenzl-Bachmeier (ed.), Pariser Esprit und Wiener Moderne. Die Firma Portois & Fix (Parisian Esprit and Viennese Modernism. The company Portois & Fix), exhibition catalogue Wagner:Werk Postsparkasse, Vienna 2008, p. 22

    18.500,00 VAT inclusive
    SKU 794
    Description

    On the occasion of the 25th company anniversary in 1906, the renowned furniture manufacturer Portois & Fix participated in the exhibition of Austrian decorative arts “Imperial Royal Austrian Exhibition” in London. Successful participations in such venues cemented the company’s international reputation. Artistically sophisticated design and the highest level of craftsmanship guaranteed its worldwide success.
    On the occasion of the 25th company anniversary in 1906, the renowned furniture manufacturer Portois & Fix participated in the exhibition of Austrian decorative arts “Imperial Royal Austrian Exhibition” in London. Successful participation in such venues enhanced the company’s international reputation. Artistically sophisticated design and the highest level of craftsmanship guaranteed its worldwide success.
    The salon cabinet, made of rosewood and other precious woods, was shown at the London exhibition as part of an upper-class smoking room. In a contemporary photograph, one can see the cabinet placed centrally against the back wall of the salon. This sideboard, partly provided with glasses, served both as a cabinet and as a display case for the presentation of fine household utensils and art objects. Clearly visible in the mentioned photo, sculptures are shown on the stepped top of the cabinet. The representative piece of furniture thus fulfilled the purpose of storage space and showcase at the same time. In this sense, the thoughtful design and high-quality finish are to be understood. Its front in rosewood is decorated with intarsia in heart-leaf ornamentation. The showcases are arranged geometrically according to the taste of the time. The beautifully cut and faceted glasses are still in their original state.

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