Dagobert Peche zugeschrieben

St. Michael im Lungau, Salzburg 1887 - 1923 Mödling bei Wien

Dagobert Peche was born in St. Michael in Lungau, Salzburg in 1887. He began his studies at the Technische Hochschule (Technical Polytechnic) in Vienna but soon changed to the Academy of Fine Arts to the building section of Friedrich Ohmann, which he attended until 1911. Josef Hoffmann brought him to the Wiener Werkstätte as a designer in 1915, where he was given the opportunity to design the fashion show in the Austrian Museum of Art and Industry (today’s MAK) in the same year. Dagobert Peche’s ideas and designs had a major influence on the Wiener Werkstätte in the latter half of its existence. Sophistication and fantasy characterize these works in which ornament plays a significant role. Peche’s extravagant designs stand in stark contrast to the principle of utility over ornament propagated by Loos. His objets
d’art can be interpreted as a conscious negation of the purism of the early years of the Wiener Werkstätte. Dagobert Peche was entrusted with the management of the newly set up Wiener Werkstätte subsidiary in Zurich in 1917 and in 1917–1919
numerous elaborate decorative pieces in exclusive materials ensued in the filigree, luxuriating style associated with Peche. Shortly before the artist’s early death at the age of 36 in April 1923, Dagobert Peche and the Wiener Werkstätte enjoyed once more a spectacular high point: the inauguration of the show rooms of the "Wiener Werkstaette of America" on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Peche’s work was particularly prominent in that setting – his wallpapers, fabrics, lamps, vases, bowls and decorative objects were carefully chosen and placed to make a suitable impact.