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Object name: buffet hutch
Title: The Rich Haul
Production:
design: Koloman Moser, Vienna, 1900
execution: Portois & Fix, Vienna, 1900

Period/Style/School: Jugendstil
Material / Technique: Ahornholz, furniert, dunkelbraun gebeizt und politiert; Fischmarketerie aus Buchsbaum- und Pyramiden-Mahagoniholz; Horizontalmarketerie aus gebeizten Ahorn- und naturbelassenen Buchsbaumholz; Ulmenholz, gebeizt und poliert; Messing; Glas, facettiert
Measurements:
height: 180 cm
width: 168 cm
depth: 67 cm

Inventory number: H 1700
Acquisition: donation (1901)
signature: : Portois & Fix Wien/6999
Associated object:
photograph of the object: Buffet “Der reiche Fischzug” [The Rich Haul] (KI 13763-4)
Der reiche Fischzug (H 1629)
design: Entwurf eines Musters für Stoff oder Tapete: "Der reiche Fischzug" (KI 8671-1-3)
design: Entwurf eines Musters für Stoff oder Tapete: "Der reiche Fischzug" (KI 8671-2-3)
Flächenmusterentwurf zu "Der reiche Fischzug" (KI 8671-11)
Goldfische Wandbehang [recto] (BI 12898-3-17-1)
Forellen-Reigen (T 5364)
Forellen-Reigen (WI 57)
Werkmappe für Franz Matsch (LE 417)
Ballspende zum Ball der Stadt Wien am 9. Februar 1901 (KI 8687-1)
Photograph of a buffet cabinet after a design by Koloman Moser: The Rich Haul (KI 16733-47)
Photograph of a buffet cabinet after a design by Koloman Moser: The Rich Haul (KI 16733-48)

Description: For the 8th exhibition of the Secession in 1900, which was the first one to do away with the distinction between “fine” and “applied” art, Koloman Moser, who had trained at the Academy in Vienna as a painter, presented his unconventional furniture piece Der reiche Fischzug [The Rich Haul]. This buffet, regarded as a groundbreaking and influential example of a specifically Viennese style of furniture, can be understood as a challenge to that period’s established sense of aesthetic form and proportion: by emphasizing not the supporting structure alone, Moser produced an ambivalent effect that made it difficult for his contemporaries to differentiate between support and load, space and surface. At the same time, the geometric nature of this construction’s basic forms and the use of surface ornamentation—much like in many later pieces of Viennese furniture—gave rise to a harmony of sorts that was both new and full of tension. (Hackenschmidt, Sebastian)
Department: Furniture and Woodwork Collection
Collection: furniture and woodwork collection
Exhibitions:
Koloman Moser. Universalkünstler zwischen Gustav Klimt und Josef Hoffmann, Museum Villa Stuck, 23/05/2019 to 15/09/2019
KOLOMAN MOSER. Universal Artist between Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann, MAK – Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst, 19/12/2018 to 22/04/2019
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