Viennese Secessionist Painted Oval Jardiniere
Two Tiered 'jardiniere' stand, the oval base with central square cage, with six supporting struts supporting similarly sized oval platform with corresponding balustrade composed of verticals and black painted balls. Paint work refreshed
Probably from a Viennese Sanitorium
H 36" x W 11¼" x D 35½"
Hoffman's work was characterised by strict linear structures and motifs, and the simple juxtaposition of black and white, as seen on the stand, was a running theme in his designs. The delicate pattern of verticals and spherical motifs, along with the contrasting colour palette of dark and light, emphasises the decorative formal play of the linear and circular elements.
This juxtaposition of clear circular and rectangular shapes was characteristic of the secessionist movement, both in architecture and in painting: Gustav Klimt's 'The Kiss' serving as a classic example. (In fact, as mutual founders of their respective branches of the Secessionist Movement, Klimt and Hoffmann worked together on several large architectural projects.)
The character and style of the stand, which would have been used to display plants, particularly embodies the design of Hoffman's Sanatorium Purkersdorf, built in 1905.