Handbag with rounded base, Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstatte, ca. 1924, goatleather embossed with gold, marked
Embossed stamp “WIENER/WERK/STÄTTE”
Bib.: original photograph in the archive of the Wiener Werkstatte in the Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, inv. no. WWF 100-66-1 (form, different decor)
The fashion department of the Wiener Werkstatte was very successful during the 1920s. The most important designers of that period were Eduard Josef Wimmer-Wisgrill and Josef Hoffmann. Until the closure of the Wiener Werkstatte, the fashion department sold pieces all over the world and was a great influence for the haute couture at that time.
This handbag was designed by Josef Hoffmann around 1924. It is made of gold embossed goat leather with a brass frame crowned by a brass button. It is marked inside the strap with “Wiener Werk Stätte”. The bag bears the so-called “Rhombus” decoration.
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