Josef Hoffmann 1870–1956

Josef Hoffmann was first exposed to architecture as a child in his hometown of Brtnice in the Czech Republic. He would later enroll in the Architecture Department at Brünn’s Höhere Staatsgewerbeschule and apply to Vienna’s Akademie der bildenden Kunste in 1892. Upon acceptance, Hoffmann moved to Vienna to attend school under the tutelage of Otto Wagner. In 1895, he received the Rome Prize for his final project and was granted a fellowship, traveling to Italy to study and sketch. Returning to Vienna, Hoffmann was one of the founding members of the Vienna Secession and in 1899, began a long teaching career at Vienna’s Kunstegewerbeschule. Traveling to England in 1900, Hoffmann met Charles Rennie Mackintosh and visited the workshops of the C.R. Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft. This meeting would have a profound influence on the Wiener Werkstätte, founded in 1903, which Hoffmann was the director of until 1932. Hoffmann designed numerous exhibitions for the Secession, and in 1904 he completed one of his most important commissions, the Pukersdorf Sanatorium. A year later, after officially leaving the Secession, Hoffmann would complete what would be called the pinnacle of his architecture career, the Palais Stoclet. A tireless designer, Hoffmann created over 5,000 drawings through his lifetime and completed over 500 commissions. He died in 1956 at the age of 85.

Auction Results Josef Hoffmann

JOSEF HOFFMANN, armchair, model 826 | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

armchair, model 826

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,750
JOSEF HOFFMANN, hair comb | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

hair comb

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $47,500
JOSEF HOFFMANN, salon suite | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

salon suite

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,000
JOSEF HOFFMANN, vanity, model 1134 | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

vanity, model 1134

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $625
JOSEF HOFFMANN, vase | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

vase

estimate: $7,000–10,000
result: $12,500
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Pair of armchairs | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Pair of armchairs

estimate: $3,500–5,500
result: $4,375
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Display cabinet | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Display cabinet

estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $8,750
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Small tongs and two-handled butter dish | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Small tongs and two-handled butter dish

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $3,750
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Small martelé fluted bowl | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Small martelé fluted bowl

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,188
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Napkin ring and bottle stopper | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Napkin ring and bottle stopper

estimate: $800–1,200
result: $2,000
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Three hinged boxes | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Three hinged boxes

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,250
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Cigarette case | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Cigarette case

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,500
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Vitrine | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Vitrine

estimate: $6,000–9,000
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Rare mocha set | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Rare mocha set

estimate: $1,250–1,750
result: $6,250
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Vases, pair | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Vases, pair

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $23,750
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Vases, pair | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Vases, pair

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $20,000
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Four-piece tea service with tray | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Four-piece tea service with tray

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $16,250
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Centerpiece bowl | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Centerpiece bowl

estimate: $6,000–9,000
result: $27,500
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Three-piece tea service | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Three-piece tea service

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,625
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Chairs, pair | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Chairs, pair

estimate: $6,000–8,000
JOSEF HOFFMANN, Nesting tables, set of four | ragoarts.com

Josef Hoffmann

Nesting tables, set of four

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,470