In 2013, the Dallas Museum of Art acquired a one-of-a-kind silver vitrine for its permanent collection. Designed by Carl Otto Czeschka of the Wiener Werkstätte in 1908 and originally owned by the Wittgenstein family of Vienna, this highly ornate vitrine is made of solid silver decorated with enamel, pearls, opals, moonstones, and other semiprecious stones. The Wittgenstein Vitrine is widely considered a masterpiece made in the height of Viennese Secessionist style.
After arriving in Dallas, the vitrine went through an extensive research and conservation program. The piece was completely cleaned and painstakingly restored by the museum’s expert conservationists. The exhibition Modern Opulence in Vienna: The Wittgenstein Vitrine and its companion publication highlight these conservation and research efforts.
The book features two essays, one on the context and history of the vitrine and another detailing the conservation project. A digital version of the book available on DMA’s website includes four additional essays.
In addition to the trade and digital editions, we also produced a special presentation copy of The Wittgenstein Vitrine at our studios in Tieton, Washington. Photos of this copy of the book can be seen on our Work page.
Photography by Jeremy Linden
Publisher: Dallas Museum of Art, distributed by Yale University Press
Designer: Ryan Polich
Specs: 88 pages, 7 × 11 inches, 103 illustrations
Dallas Museum of Art, through May 29, 2016