Musée d'Orsay: Koloman Moser Music Cabinet

Koloman Moser
Music Cabinet

Music cabinet
Koloman Moser, La Wiener Werkstätte, editor from 1903 onwards
Music cabinet
Circa 1904
White-leaded and black-varnished oak, sculptured and gilded wood, repoussé silver-plate, white metal, glass
H. 199; W. 200; D. 65 cm
© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

Music cabinet
Music cabinet

Armoire à musique [Music Cabinet]

This monumental Music Cabinet, designed by Koloman Moser, is built in ample proportions. Framed by a projecting edge, it owes its beauty to its plain oak surface - treated only with white lead to bring out the veins -, its repoussé silver-plate panels, its delicate gold and silver curving forms with their echoing musical vibrations... Moser's subtle choice of materials and the cabinet's simple visual harmony broke away from the popular tastes of the day, from the preference for opulent reproduction furniture that symbolized apparent wealth, finding appreciation among the enlightened lovers of modernity.