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Mahogany Cabinet "Four Seasons" Vienna *SOLD

Late 19th Century

Mag­nif­i­cent and excep­tion­al­ly rare high-qual­i­ty and intri­cate­ly designed cab­i­net depict­ing the Four Sea­sons,” with a glass dis­play on top, craft­ed in mahogany and pyra­mid mahogany.

The base and the back wall of the low­er body are beau­ti­ful­ly veneered in mul­ti­ple mir­rored pyra­mid mahogany. The four columns sup­port­ing the upper sec­tion in the front, capped by a small cor­nice, are sculpt­ed in full three-dimen­sion­al fig­ures.

The four fig­ures rep­re­sent­ing the sea­sons are of extra­or­di­nary qual­i­ty, del­i­cate­ly carved with flow­ing gar­ments and fine­ly detailed facial fea­tures. The hair and attrib­ut­es of the sea­sons are metic­u­lous­ly exe­cut­ed.

The upper sec­tion, car­ried by the four fig­ures, is exquis­ite­ly adorned with flo­ral and orna­men­tal motifs. In the cen­ter of the back wall, there is a faceted mir­ror framed by carv­ing and two fixed shelves.
The two glass dis­play cas­es that enclose the cen­tral area come with glass­es on the front and inner sides, pro­vid­ing ample light for the inte­ri­or of the cab­i­nets.

The glass cab­i­nets also have two adjustable shelves, intri­cate­ly carved in a wavy pat­tern on their front sides.
The actu­al glass doors are bor­dered on both sides by two ful­ly sculpt­ed columns adorned with hun­dreds of carved leaves. The glass sur­face itself is orna­ment­ed with ele­gant­ly curved wood­en motifs. The cor­nice is dec­o­rat­ed all around with a band of flower and leaves orna­men­ta­tion, while numer­ous ful­ly sculpt­ed acorns adorn the upper sec­tion.

This salon fur­ni­ture is undoubt­ed­ly remark­able in its crafts­man­ship and qual­i­ty, per­fect­ly reflect­ing the taste of the late 19th cen­tu­ry. Espe­cial­ly, this extra­or­di­nary dis­play cab­i­net embod­ies the style of Vien­na’s Ringstrasse build­ings.

The use of mahogany and pyra­mid mahogany indi­cates the sta­tus of the patron, a com­bi­na­tion often found in the designs of Adolf Loos. Notably, the Wiener Loos House at Michael­er­platz and the Vil­la Müller in Prague serve as exam­ples. The influ­en­tial archi­tect Theophil Hansen’s designs like­ly had a sig­nif­i­cant impact on this piece.

Exam­ples of Hansen’s work include the Palais Ephrus­si, where he dec­o­rat­ed the upper floor’s façade with ter­ra­cot­ta cary­atids.

Sim­i­lar­ly, we find com­pa­ra­ble cary­atids in the large Palais on the upper Kärnt­ner Strasse, designed by archi­tects Lud­wig Förster and Theophil Hansen between 1861 and 1864 for the mer­chant and banker Eduard Frei­herr von Tode­sco and his broth­er Moritz.
The Neo-Renais­sance-style Palais Tode­sco stands as one of the ear­li­est build­ings of the Ringstrasse era…

An absolute­ly extra­or­di­nary piece of fur­ni­ture, exe­cut­ed with excep­tion­al crafts­man­ship, per­fect­ly embody­ing the Vien­nese spir­it around 1900.
Mas­ter­pieces like this, craft­ed with great atten­tion to detail and skill, will bring joy to many gen­er­a­tions to come.

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Viennese Four Season Cabinet Approximate Dimensions: H: 210 cm, D: 55 cm, L: 265 cm
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