An important silver and agate box. Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte 1911
Josef Hoffmann ( Pirnitz 1870-1956 Vienna) was one of the founders of the Vienna Secession, an artists’ group…
A rectangular notebook containing three ivory leaves. The front side is engraved with flowers and foliate decoration, mounted with rotating disc titled ‘calendarium pertpetuum’ showing the days of the week and the zodiac signs. The other side is also engraved with flowers and foliate decoration, mounted with a rotaing disc showing the lengths of days and nights and the hours of the sun’s rising and setting . On the inside of the notebook a set of tables is engraved. The ivory leaves would have been covered with thin layers of wax which could be inscribed with a pointed stylus.
The Calendarium Naturale Magicum Perpetuum is a renaissance grimoire and esoteric print of calendar engravings. Based on this calendar a calculation of the day of the week for a given date in the future is possible. This was made easier since the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582.
5,0 cm x 9,4 cm