The above needlepoint tapestry is signed “Fochler” to the lower left corner. This signature has led a number of sellers, including a prominent auction house, to attribute the work to Lotte Fochler-Fromel (1884-1972), a student of Josef Hoffman’s who did work for the Wiener Werkstätte from 1908 to 1914 and was a fabric and fashion designer in Austria. In fact, the piece was designed by Michel Fochler, (1940- ) still an active artist in France. In the 1960’s, Fochler created abstract paintings and weavings, as well as designs for these needlepoint tapestries created in association with Jean Picart Le Doux. In the 1970’s, Fochler created ribcage-like structures of black vinyl. He is also known for his lithograph engravings. Fochler has exhibited in Paris and Brussels, and his work is in the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
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