Works by Dagobert Peche

Bird-shaped candy box

Artist:

Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)

Date:

1920

Medium:

Silver, coral

Classification:

Decorative Arts

Provenance

Joseph Urban, New York, acquired from the Wiener Werkstätte in 1922
Historical Design, New York, acquired from the estate of the above
Neue Galerie New York, January 1999, acquired from the above

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Neue Galerie New York
Accession Number:
1999.02
Jardinière

Artist:

Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)

Date:

ca. 1919

Medium:

Silver, partial gilt

Classification:

Decorative Arts

Provenance

Joseph Urban, New York
Galerie St. Etienne, New York, acquired from the estate of the above
Neue Galerie New York, January 2003, acquired from the above

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Neue Galerie New York
Accession Number:
2003.01
Wallpaper roller for the design "Wundervogel"

Artist:

Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)

Date:

1914

Medium:

Wood and brass

Classification:

Decorative Arts

Provenance

Dorotheum, Vienna, October 2, 2007, lot 318
Neue Galerie New York, October 2007, acquired from the above

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Neue Galerie New York
Accession Number:
2007.09
Mirror, Model no. WW 1

Artist:

Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)

Date:

1922

Medium:

Linden-wood, carved, painted white, and gilt

Classification:

Decorative Arts

Provenance

Lillian Nassau Gallery, New York
Neue Galerie New York, January 2002, acquired from the above

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Neue Galerie New York
Accession Number:
2002.11
Mirror

Artist:

Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)

Date:

1922

Medium:

Linden-wood, carved, painted white and gilt

Classification:

Decorative Arts

Provenance

Im Kinsky Kunst Auktionen, Vienna, Sale 57, November 23, 2005, lot 446
Neue Galerie New York, November 2005, acquired from the above

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Neue Galerie New York
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2005.13
Melon-shaped box, model no. S 5159

Artist:

Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)

Date:

ca. 1920

Medium:

Silver, partial gilt interior

Classification:

Decorative Arts

Provenance

Sotheby's, New York
Private Collection, Paris
David Allen, Paris
Neue Galerie New York, June 2002, acquired from the above

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Accession Number:
2002.22
Mirror

Artist:

Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)

Date:

1922

Medium:

Linden-wood, carved and gilt

Classification:

Decorative Arts

Provenance

Im Kinsky Kunst Auktionen, Vienna, Sale 57, November 23, 2005, lot 450
Neue Galerie New York, November 2005, acquired from the above

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2005.14
Wallpaper roller for the design "Semiramis"

Artist:

Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)

Date:

ca. 1914

Medium:

Wood and brass

Classification:

Decorative Arts

Provenance

Dorotheum, Vienna, October 2, 2007, lot 315
Neue Galerie New York, October 2007, acquired from the above

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Neue Galerie New York
Accession Number:
2007.07
Wallpaper roller for the design "Medina"

Artist:

Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)

Date:

1914

Medium:

Wood and brass

Classification:

Decorative Arts

Provenance

Dorotheum, Vienna, October 2, 2007, lot 317
Neue Galerie New York, October 2007, acquired from the above

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Neue Galerie New York
Accession Number:
2007.08
Mirror

Artist:

Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)

Date:

1922

Medium:

Linden-wood, carved and gilt

Classification:

Decorative Arts

Provenance

Im Kinsky Kunst Auktionen, Vienna, Sale 64, June 20, 2007, lot 642
Neue Galerie New York, June 2007, acquired from the above

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Accession Number:
2007.05
Bowl

Artist:

Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)

Date:

ca. 1922

Medium:

Light-colored clay, cream glaze, airbrush decor in black and green

Classification:

Decorative Arts

Provenance

Lillian Nassau Gallery, New York
Neue Galerie New York, January 2002, acquired from the above

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2002.10
Wallpaper roller for the design "Hesperydenfrüchte"

Artist:

Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)

Date:

ca. 1914

Medium:

Wood and brass

Classification:

Decorative Arts

Provenance

Dorotheum, Vienna, October 2, 2007, lot 314
Neue Galerie New York, October 2007, acquired from the above

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Accession Number:
2007.06
Dagobert Peche
b. 1887, St. Michael im Lungau
d. 1923, Mödling bei Wien

Dagobert Peche was born April 3, 1887 in St. Michael im Lungau, Salzburg. He trained as an architect yet his career was built on his extraordinary talent as a decorative arts designer. Peche has been credited with ushering in a new era for the decorative arts. 

In 1906, Peche began his studies at the Technische Hochschule (Technical College) in Vienna under Max von Ferstel, Karl König, and Leopold Simony before transferring in 1908 to the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna (Academy of Fine Arts), where the architect Friedrich Ohmann was his main influence. In 1910 he traveled to Great Britain, where he is believed to have seen the work of the graphic artist Aubrey Beardsley; Peche's early style shows the influece of Beardsley's line. Peche's work was published in Der Architekt from 1909 until 1911. He met Petronella (Nelly) Daberkow in 1910, and the two married the following year, when he also graduated from the Akademie.

At a birthday celebration for architect Otto Wagner, Peche met Josef Hoffmann. Soon thereafter, Peche was offering textile and wallpaper designs to the Wiener Werkstätte. He also showed ability in other areas and began contributing designs for furniture, glass, jewelry, toys, and other objects. In the field of graphic arts, he designed postcards, as well as invitation cards, bookplates, and posters. His figures, often putti, reclining nudes, or costumed harlequin figures from the commedia dell'arte pose suggestively, with a touch of the Rococo style, and carry a playful erotic charge. Peche also designed woodcuts, which were included in the fashion portfolio Mode Wien 1914/15.

While his involvement with the Wiener Werkstätte grew, Peche also supplied designs to other firms, including Johann Backhausen, & Söhne (textiles and carpets), Vereinigte Wiener & Gmundner Keramik (ceramics), Oskar Dietrich (jewelry), J. Soulek (furniture), and Max Schmidt and Flammersheim & Steinmann (wallpaper).

Peche officially joined the Wiener Werkstätte as artistic director in the spring of 1915, after the outbreak of World War I. He was drafted to serve in the war in 1916, but was released in 1917 after suffering from appendicitis. With Hoffmann's aid, Peche and his family moved in 1917 to Zürich, where he directed the Zürich branch of the Wiener Werkstätte until 1919. Peche returned to Vienna at the end of 1919, where he died on April 16, 1923 of a malignant tumor. Upon Peche's death, Hoffmann wrote, "Dagobert Peche was the greatest ornamental genius Austria has produced since the Baroque."