Dagobert Peche was one of the most important designers in Vienna from 1913 until his death in 1923. His design genius paired with his sensitivity for shapes and ornaments influenced even great personalities in the Viennese art scene like Josef Hoffmann. The influence on the works of Hoffmann in the late 1910s and early 1920s seems to be obvious. Like no other, Peche managed to hide the purpose of an object beneath ornaments and decoration elements. Despite that he managed to create art objects of unbelievable elegance and delicacy. Today his works are among the most important pieces of the Wiener Jugendstil.
A contemporary photo of this table lamp can be found in the archive of the Wiener Werkstatte in the Museum for Applied Arts in Vienna. On this photo the lamp also shows a very slight crook. It can be assumed safely that this was a studied style element. Table lamps of the Wiener Werkstatte range among the most popular pieces of the Wiener Jugendstil and are in high demand with collectors and art enthusiasts alike.
Bib.: Archive of the Wiener Werkstatte in the Museum for Applied Arts in Vienna, contemporary photo, model no. M3476, inv. no. 98-117-5