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Bird shaped centerpiece Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1930

SKU 737

Bird shaped centerpiece, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, circa 1930, brass nickel-plated, marked

  • Width: 30cm
  • Height: 26cm
  • Depth: 14.5cm
  • Dating: 1930 to 1935
    Epoch: Art Deco
    Technique: brass, chased and soldered, nickel-plated
    marked with “HAGENAUER (WIEN)”, “wHw” in the circle, “Handmade”, “MADE IN/VIENNA/AUSTRIA” Bib.: comp. Olga Kronsteiner, Monika Wenzl-Bachmeier (ed.), Hagenauer – Viennese Modernism and New Realism, exhibition catalogue Wagner:Werk Postsparkasse, Vienna 2011, p. 42 copy of the original calculation on work slip for bird shaped centerpiece, mod. no. 1709, 2169 etc.
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    Bird-shaped centerpieces were among the most popular objects Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna produced for the export. Their designs date partly back to the 1930s, for example in very decorative vessels shaped like a heron.

    In this centerpiece a highly stylized bird is artfully chased from one single sheet of brass. The bellied body lends itself to being used as an offering plate and on it the elegantly hammered decor is best visible. The vessel impresses with harmonious proportions and very elegant silhouette from the beak to the fanned tail feathers.

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    Werkstätte Hagenauer – stylistic evolution and importance

    Today, the Werkstatte Hagenauer is rightfully among the most important Austrian Arts & Crafts manufacturers of the 20th century. The clear, strict formal language combined with dynamic poses and the usage of brass, nickel-plated, patinated or bare, along with copper, alpaca and exotic wood shows a high level of recognition.

    However, it took the siblings Karl and Franz Hagenauer quite some time until they developed their own unique style. Karl and Franz both attended the Vienna School of Arts & Crafts and studied under Josef Hoffmann, Oskar Strnad, Anton Hanak and Dagobert Peche.

    Until the closure of the Werkstatte Hagenauer on December 30, 1987, art objects of outstanding quality were still being produced. The siblings Karl and Franz Hagenauer strongly contributed in coining the term „design“ through their legacy and are surely among the most influential Austrian artists of the 20th century.

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