A FINE VIENNESE SECESSIONIST CARVED GILTWOOD MIRROR, BY DAGOBERT PECHE FOR THE WIENER WERKSTÄTTE, LABELED: MAX/WELZ/WIEN/VII
AUSTRIA, CIRCA 1922
H: 17.5 W: 16.5 inches
H: 44.5 W: 41.9 cm
The oval mirror plate, within a ribbed frame surmounted by a budding floral crown and flanked by two ribbon-bound bouquets.
A photograph of a near identical Model No. WW20 mirror is illustrated by Peter Noever (editor) in Dagobert Peche and the Wiener Werkstätte, New York, 2002, p. 235. Dagobert Peche (Austrian, 1887-1923) was a key figure of the Viennese Secession, co-directing the Wiener Werkstätte from 1917 to his untimely death in 1923. He was a superb designer who championed artistic expression, prompting his mentor Joseph Hoffman to proclaim, 'Dagobert Peche was the greatest ornamental genius Austria has produced since the Baroque Age…' Although his career was brief, he created thousands of designs for jewelry, decorative objects, furniture, textiles and clothing; all adhering to a light, playful, and refined aesthetic, executed to the highest degree of craftsmanship by the Wiener Werkstätte.