Jewelry coffer, ca. 1901
Ebonized pearwood, mother-of-pearl, ivory, alpaca
Made by Robert Macco
h. 153/4 in. (40 cm) – w. 77/8 in. (20 cm) – d. 63/4 in. (17 cm)
Presumably made for the house of Georg Keller,
Alexandraweeg 31, Darmstadt – Untraced for most
of the XXth century – Collection of Pierre Eden,
Brussels, ca. 1990 – Yves Macaux, Brussels, until
2008 – European Private Collection, 2008-2022.
There are five examples of this design known
today, including the one o ered here. Three were
made in light brown wood, while ours is one of
only two made in ebonized wood. The jewelry
co er was originally desiged for Grand Duke of
Hesse-Darmstadt Ernst Ludwig. His example, the
only other ebonized one known, is still in the
Hesse-Darmstadt family collection (Hessische
Hausstiftung Kronberg, Inv-Nr WO K 8102). The
three light-colored co ers are in the collections of
the Museum Künsterkolonie in Darmstadt, the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art (Inv. M2011.128.24)
and a European private collection.
‘Wohnraüm, Haus Keller, Darmstadt’, in Ideen von
Olbrich, 1901, plate 111 – Peter Haïko and Bernard
Krimmel, Joseph Maria Olbrich : Architecture,
1988, page 134 (for a similar piece) – Exhibition
Catalog, Joseph M. Olbrich, 1867-1908, Darmstadt
Mathildenhöhe, 1983, page 372 – Exhibition
Catalog, Joseph Maria Olbrich : 1867 – 1908 :
Architekt und Gestalter der frühen Moderne,
Leopold Museum, 2010, page 297 (for two similar
A preparatory drawing of this co er by Olbirch is in
the Berlin Kunstbibliothek (Inv. OZ224-046), on a
sheet of paper with Darmstadt Kunstkolonie
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