An example of this model, in oak, and without the inlaid design, was first exhibited at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900. The present example is part of a lady's salon which was commissioned in 1904 immediately after the Darmstadt Artists' Colony Exhibition of that year, by Mathilde Kessler (1849-1914), a member of the Karcher industrialist family who were part-owners of the Saar Steelworks Dingler, Karcher & Co. in Saarbrücken and Worms. The Salon was a wedding present to her daughter Mathilde and son-in-law, Rudolf Kleinjung (1872-1943), a state lawyer, who married in 1904 and who set up home in Bensheim, near Darmstadt in the same year. The furniture remained in the house, Ernst-Ludwigstr. 33, until 1941 and was inherited by their daughter Hildegard (1910-1995), who left it to one of her sons. It was auctioned off to the present owner in 2007.
The May 1900 issue of Deutsches Kunst und Dekoration (page 464) shows a photo of the same model as it was shown at the 1900 Paris World Exhibition, see https://archive.org/stream/gri_33125006095190#page/n539/mode/2up