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Candlestick Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1930

SKU 729

Two-flame candlestick with stylized figures, Karl Hagenauer, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, ca. 1930, nickel-plated brass, marked

  • Width: 9cm
  • Height: 40cm
  • Depth: 22.5cm
  • Dating: 1930 to 1935
    Epoch: Art Deco
    Technique: brass, cast and nickel-plated
    Provenance: From the sample room Werkstatte Hagenauer
    marked with “HAGENAUER/WIEN”, “wHw” in the circle, “MADE IN/AUSTRIA”, “1005 2064” Bib.: Olga Kronsteiner, Monika Wenzl-Bachmeier (ed.), Hagenauer – Viennese Modernism and New Realism, exhibition catalogue Wagner:Werk Postsparkasse, Vienna 2011, p. 29
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    This two-flame candlestick is an exciting testimony to the early works with stylized, figurative representations and ornaments of the Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna.

    A sacred-looking element forms the base of the candlestick, reminiscent of a liturgical chalice. Delicate strands rise from it, which in their arrangement appear in rectangular shapes. The strict design dissolves into curved lightness towards the top. Here the viewer finds strongly stylized horses and a dog, which to discover appeals to the imagination. The design is crowned by two elongated trumpet-shaped candlesticks.

    On an imaginative voyage of discovery, the candlestick’s overall image allows for a wide range of interpretations.

    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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