The elm and wicker highback chair designed by Koloman Moser (1868-1918) in 1902 was entered to the January 25-26 Design auction at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium). Estimated at £2000-3000, it took £12,500.
The chair, authenticated by Dr Christian Witt-Dorring, a specialist on the Vienna Secession and curator of many exhibitions, was in good original condition retaining its original wickerwork.
It was one of a series of new designs created by Moser for the wickerwork factory of Prag-Rudniker. Published in 1903 in the magazine Das Interieur, the following year an article devoted to modern Austrian wicker furniture appeared in the influential UK publication The Studio.
A similar chair to this example sold for $22,000 (£16,500) at Christie’s New York in December 2019.