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Josef Hoffmann

An Important and Rare Vanity Set

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 150,000 USD

Property from a Private Family Collection, New York

Josef Hoffmann

Josef Hoffmann

An Important and Rare Vanity Set

An Important and Rare Vanity Set

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 150,000 USD

Property from a Private Family Collection, New York

Josef Hoffmann

An Important and Rare Vanity Set


1919

comprising one table mirror, two perfume bottles with stoppers, one large and one small lidded box, two circular lidded boxes and one ring dish

produced by the Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna, Austria

silver, mirrored glass

table mirror impressed WW and JH with Austrian silver hallmarks and Rose trademark; perfume bottles and lidded boxes each impressed WIENER/WERK/STATTE, monogrammed WW and JH with an Austrian silver hallmark and Rose trademark; ring dish impressed WIENER/WERK/STATTE and monogrammed WW with an Austrian silver hallmark

table mirror: 14 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (36.8 x 39.4 x 14.6 cm)

perfume bottles: 7 1/8 x 3 x 3 in. (18.1 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm) each

large lidded box: 3 1/2 x 6 3/8 x 3 3/8 in. (8.9 x 16.2 x 8.6 cm)

small lidded box: 3 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3 3/8 in. (8.2 x 12.1 x 8.6 cm)

circular lidded boxes: 3 1/4 in. (8.2 cm) high each; 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm) diameter each

ring dish: 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm) high; 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm) diameter

Overall in very good condition. The silver surfaces of each piece in the set present with very light scratches and minute scuffing consistent with gentle use and not visually distracting from the brilliantly textured surface. The silver presents with very light instances of oxidation, tarnish and minor surface soiling concentrated to the interiors of each vessel and consistent with age and gentle use. The delicate floral motifs atop each piece present with light surface soiling and tarnish as well as a few small traces of white residue which are not visually distracting. The mirror stand has been sensitively stabilized by a professional conservator to ensure functionality and integrity of the design. The mirror appears to be original and is executed with an elegant rolled beveled edge. The mirror displays some scattered losses and faint discolorations to the silvering plate. The glass presents with minor streaking and scattered surface scratches throughout which are not visually distracting. The edge of the glass with two very small chips, the largest measuring approximately ¼ inch and not visually distracting. The reverse of the mirror and underside of the base feature painted wood supports which are in good original condition with scattered surface scratches throughout. An extremely rare masterpiece of Wiener Werkstätte silver. 


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Presented to the present owners as a wedding gift, 1957