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Gazelle head Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1950

SKU 805

Gazelle head, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, ca. 1950, carved wood, brass, marked

  • Height: 38cm, Width: 21cm, Depth: 14cm
  • 1950 to 1955
    Technique: precious wood (nut), carved, stained and polished; brass, cast, patinated resp. Polished
    Provenance: private collection Miami, USA
    marked with „Handmade“, „HAGENAUER/WIEN“, „MADE IN/AUSTRIA“, „wHw“ in the circle
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    Together with the sculptures of antelopes, giraffes or elephants, the majestic gazelle head joins the group of extremely popular exotic animal depictions produced by the Werkstatte Hagenauer in the 1950s. The sloping neck and dynamically turned head perfectly express the powerful grace of this Ethiopian gazelle. The exotic elegance of the gazelle continues right up to the tips of the strikingly curved horns.
    The head is executed in walnut and the grooved horns in patinated brass, the beautiful gazelle head stands for the masterful workmanship of wood and metal of the two Hagenauer workshops in Vienna and Fuschl near Salzburg.

    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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