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Bird vessel Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1935

SKU 215

Bird vessel, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, ca. 1935, brass nickel-plated, marked

  • Height: 19cm
  • Depth: 21.5cm
  • Dating: 1935 to 1940
    Epoch: Art Deco and Design
    Technique: brass nickel-plated
    marked with “Atelier Hagenauer Wien”, “wHw” in the circle, “Made in Austria”; Bib.: comp. Olga Kronsteiner, Monika Wenzl-Bachmeier (ed.), „Hagenauer – Viennese Modernism and New Realism “, exhibition catalogue, Vienna, 2011, p.43
    3.800,00 VAT inclusive
    SKU 215
    Description

    At the end of the 1930s, the Hagenauer workshop produced various vessels in the shape of birds. They started out with objects that had details like feet and wings but as they progressed, it got more and more abstract. This piece, which is beaten out of a single sheet of brass, is a perfect example of such reduced and humoristic objects.

    Execution

    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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