Schuh Schnürböcke H1200, J & J Kohn, Austria, c. 1900
A shoe rest, for tying or polishing shoes, popular at the beginning of the century.
One appeared in a Christies auction in 2014 which was attributed to Adolf Loos. Factories such as J & J Kohn didn’t publicise the designer’s names that worked with them but Loos commissioned Kohn to produce furniture on several occasions for his own interiors. The sphere motif which sits underneath the foot-plate at the top of the curved legs does resemble designs by Hoffmann – who was also known to have designed for J & J Kohn.
Great condition, and as stated in the catalogue, this one come “mit Linoleum” (with linoleum) on the foot plate.