“Indian-boy” Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1940

SKU 831

“Indian-boy” with turban, model no. 4054, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, ca. 1940, wood and brass, marked

  • Height: 37cm, Width: 16cm, Depth: 10cm
  • 1940 to 1950
    Technique: various woods carved, bras, cast and patinated, bone
    Provenance: private collection Miami, USA

    marked with “wHw” in the circle, “HAGENAUER/WIEN” Bib: comp. depicted as “Hindoo-boy“ in “Hagenauer Zettelkatalog 1957” (paper slip catalog), reprint Vienna 2011, mod.no. 4054; documented photograph in the Hagenauer Archive at Museum of Applied Arts, MAK,Vienna, inv. no. HAF 1036

    5.900,00 VAT inclusive
    SKU 831

    Mischievously the young man smiles at us. His narrow eyes finely carved, emphasize the appearance of an “Indian boy”. His turban, nicely tied from bright wood, makes his complexion appear even darker. Sloping shoulders give the young man a certain nonchalance. The finely draped cloth, made from shiny brass, emphasizes the contrast to the darkly stained wood. His hands clasped behind the back are delicately executed.
    In the Hagenauer sales catalogue from 1957, this figure is described as a ” Hindoo-boy”. Once again, the Werkstatte Hagenauer demonstrates its virtuosic craftsmanship of wood and brass.


    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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