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INVENTORY OF JOSEF STEINDL FURNITURE DESIGN, circa 1888-1928
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    Title: Josef Steindl furniture design
    Date (inclusive): 1888-1928
    Collection number: 930025
    Creator: Steindl, Josef
    Extent: 4 linear feet (7 boxes, 6 flat file folders)
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: Architect and professor at the Royal Technical School for Woodworking in Wal. Mesertitsch, and a noted designer of modern, functional furniture in the 20th century. Steindl designed primarily bentwood and metal tubular furniture. He was, however, also a master of historical furniture styles as seen in his work of the 1880s and 1890s and in the ornamentation for his bentwood pieces. Collection comprises 315 original drawings and 571 photographic prints of furniture designs by Steindl, many in historical styles of the 1890s.
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    Language: Collection material in German

    Administrative Information

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    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

    Josef Steindl furniture design, ca. 1888-1928, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 930025.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was acquired May 25, 1993.

    Processing History

    Rose Lachman processed the collection and wrote the finding aid.

    Biographical / Historical Note

    Josef Steindl, architect and professor at the Royal Technical School for Woodworking in Wal. Mesertitsch, was a noted designer of modern, functional furniture in the 20th century. His designs were intended for manufacture by the leading furniture factories in Eastern Europe in the early 1900s, the Thonet Bentwood Furniture factory and Jacob and Josef Kohn factory. The two firms merged in Vienna, 1914 (Kohn's archives were destroyed in the late 1930s).
    Steindl designed primarily for the bentwood, metal and tubular steel furniture industry in Moravia between 1880 and 1930. However, he was also a master of historical furniture styles as is shown in his work of the 1880s and 1890s. Steindl's command of historical ornament and construction can be seen in his interior designs for cafés, restaurants and various room ensembles. It is also apparent in his ornamental designs for bentwood furniture.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection of ca. 315 original drawings and ca. 571 photographic prints of furniture designs by Josef Steindl covers the years from ca. 1888 to 1928. Ninety photographs are cyanotypes, 54 are of blueprints. Each series in the container list describes the drawings first, followed by the photographs. Few images are dated. Steindl assigned series numbers to his designs. These and his signature or monogram are noted. Designs that fall into the category "historic style" are also noted. Photographers' names and furniture manufacturers' stamps, such as Gebrüder Thonet and Jacob and Josef Kohn are also mentioned. Photographers include A. Mocsigay, Strelisky (Budapest), Victor Angerer (Vienna), H. Jandaurek (Teschen), Photographie Olga (Vienna), J. Hybsa and R. Lechner (Vienna).

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