Skip to Content
Closed today, next open tomorrow. Closed today, next open tomorrow.

Chest for Photographs

A work made of wood with palisander and maple veneers, nickel silver.

Image actions

  • A work made of wood with palisander and maple veneers, nickel silver.


c. 1902


Designed by Josef Hoffmann
Austrian, born Moravia (now Czech Republic) 1870-1956
Made by W. Müller
Vienna, active early 20th century

About this artwork

This chest for photographs was included in the Vienna Seccession’s installation at the 1902 Exhibition of Art and Industry installation in the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Düsseldorf, Germany. It embodies Josef Hoffmann’s ideas of furniture design prior to his involvement with the founding of the Wiener Werkstätte in 1903. Conceived as a piece of miniature architecture, the chest combines the sinuous curves of turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau with the sturdiness and simplicity of late 19th-century English Arts and Crafts furniture.


Currently Off View


Applied Arts of Europe


Josef Hoffmann (Designer)


Chest for Photographs


Austria (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.



Wood with palisander and maple veneers, nickel silver


55.9 × 52.8 × 37.1 cm (22 × 20 13/16 × 14 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society of Mrs. James W. Alsdorf, Mrs. Walter Alexander, Mrs. P. Kelly Armour, Mr. and Mrs. T. Stanton Armour, Mr. John H. Bryan, Mrs. DeWitt W. Buchanan, Jr., Mrs. Henry M. Buchbinder, Mrs. George M. Covington, Dr. Edwin J. DeCosta, Quinn E. Delaney, Mr. David P. Earle III, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon R. Ewing, Marshall Field, Mrs. Robert Hixon Glore, Mrs. Fred A. Krehbiel, Dr. Kenneth J. Maier, Mrs. Harold T. Martin, Mrs. Brooks McCormick, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Nadler, Mrs. John K. Notz, Jr., Mrs. Eric Oldberg, Mrs. James C. Pritchard, Mrs Edgar J. Uihlein, Mrs. Morris S. Weeden, and Mrs. George B. Young; purchased with funds provided by John H. Bryan and David P. Earle lll, and the Antiquarian Society, in honor of Lynn Springer Roberts, the Eloise W. Martin curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture and Classical Art, 1981-1989

Reference Number


Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.


Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions