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Dancing Balinese woman Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1935

SKU 718

Rare figurine of Dancing Balinese woman, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, circa 1935, hardwood and brass, marked

  • Width: 10cm
  • Height: 23cm
  • Depth: 9cm
  • Dating: 1935 to 1940
    Epoch: Design
    Technique: hardwood, carved and polished; brass, cast and patinated
    Provenance: Private collection, Australia
    marked with “MADE IN/AUSTRIA”, “wHw” in the circle, “HAGENAUER/WIEN”
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    With their artistic objects Karl and Franz Hagenauer also served longings that were unfulfillable for many Europeans, especially in the decades of the 1940/50s full of privation. This very rare statuette of a dancing Balinese woman perfectly embodies this dream of exoticism. Traditionally dressed in a floor-length wrapped robe, the woman performs a (perhaps religious) dance. Her carefully coiffed hairstyle with elaborate headdress emphasizes the festive character. The train of the robe is a particularly beautiful detail in this composition.

    The figurine is executed in a combination of finely carved wood and cast metal. One can find strongly stylized features combined with excellently executed details, so typical for Werkstatte Hagenauer.

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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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