decorative brass tray, Werkstatte Hagenauer Wien, 1940s, marked
marked with “Atelier/Hagenauer/Wien”and “wHw” in the circle
Karl Hagenauer took over the management of the Werkstatte Hagenauer Wien in the 1920s. Under his leadership, the assortment of the workshop changed and adapted to the taste of the customers of the period.
In addition to the variety of decorative objects designed by the Hagenauer brothers Karl and Franz, there are also plenty of utility items that have been refined with their unique style. These range from candleholders and hand mirrors all the way to paper knives.
Another example is this elegant, beaten brass bowl. The contrast between geometric symmetry and organic curves gives this object a lively tension.
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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