Letter opener Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1925

SKU 789

Letter opener with figural ornament, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, ca. 1925, cast brass, marked

  • Height: 17cm, Width: 3cm, Depth: 0.5cm
  • 1925 to 1930
    Technique: brass, cast and poolished
    marked with “wHw” in the circle, “MADE IN/AUSTRIA”, “HAGENAUER/WIEN” Bib.: depicted in sales catalogue Werkstatte Hagenauer 1928 (unchanged reprint 1999), no. 993/1, p. 2
    1.200,00 VAT inclusive
    SKU 789

    In addition to the variety of decorative objects designed by the Hagenauer brothers, you can also find plenty of utilitarian items that have been refined with their unique style. These range from candle sticks and ashtrays to hand mirrors.

    Another example is this letter opener with a figural ornament on the handle. A lady figure is depicted in a stylized pergola. This imaginatively decorated object is another testament to the fine craftsmanship from the Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna.


    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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