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  Josef Hoffmann
Austrian, 1870 - 1956
Jacob & Josef Kohn, manufacturer (Vienna, Austria)
Seven-ball side chair, c. 1906

H. 43 1/2 x W. 17 7/8 x D. 19 5/8 in.

Initially, Josef Hoffmann used small wooden balls to reinforce the joints of his bentwood furniture. But before long, these elements began to appear as ornaments in his metalwork as well.