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Elephants Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1950

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Group of elephants with elephant and baby elephant, Werkstätte Hagenauer Vienna, late 1950s, precious wood varved and stained, marked

  • Height: 27cm, Width: 40cm, Depth: 16cm
  • 1955 to 1960
    Technique: precious wood, carved and stained, tusks and base nickel-plated brass
    Provenance: private collection, Austria
    Elephant marked lateral on the bottom with “wHw” in the circle, “MADE IN/AUSTRIA” bib.: documented photograph mod.no. 3947 „Group of elephants” in the Hagenauer Archive at MAK, Vienna, inv.no. HAF 1338; documented photograph mod.no. 3947 „Elephant with baby elephant” in the Hagenauer Archive at MAK, Vienna, inv.no. HAF 1271: depicted in “Hagenauer Zettelkatalog 1957” (paper slip catalog), reprint Vienna 2011, mod.no. 3947;
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    In the 1930s, Werkstätte Hagenauer had already a small bowl featuring an elephant family in their product range. The present, larger group of elephants, consisting of a mother elephant and a calf, joins the wonderful depictions of exotic animals and is also featured in the company’s sales catalog from 1957, known as the “Zettelkatalog.” We date this wooden sculpture to the second half of the 1950s.
    Both animals are skillfully carved and stained from precious wood. The mother elephant and the baby elephant differ slightly in color, and the female elephant has tusks made of nickel-plated brass.

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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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