Pair of candelabra Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1927

SKU 943

Pair of two-flame candelabra with stylized animals, Karl Hagenauer, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, ca. 1927, nickel-plated brass, marked

  • Height: 35cm, Width: 22.5cm, Depth: 13cm
  • 1925 to 1928
    Technique: brass, cast and nickel-plated
    Provenance: Private collection, Austria

    marked with “wHw” in the circle, “MADE IN/AUSTRIA” bib.: copy of Werkstatte Hagenauer’s original sample book for candelabrum mod.no. 2064; Olga Kronsteiner, Monika Wenzl-Bachmeier (ed.), Hagenauer – Viennese Modernism and New Realism, exhibition catalogue Wagner:Werk Postsparkasse, Vienna 2011, p. 29


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    SKU 943

    This pair of two-flame candlesticks is an outstanding testimony to the early works with stylized, figurative representations and ornaments of the Hagenauer workshop. In Hagenauer’s early works, the influences of Josef Hoffmann and Dagobert Peche are strongly evident.
    Three shapes form the base of the candlestick, reminiscent of stacked geometric elements. Delicate strands emerge from it, which in their arrangement result in rectangular shapes. The strict design dissolves into curved lightness towards the top. Here the viewer can see strongly stylized horses to the left and right, and a dog figure in the center, which appeals to the imagination to discover. The design is crowned by two elongated trumpet-shaped candlesticks, which also lean on geometric shapes. On an imaginative voyage of discovery, the candlestick allows a wide range of interpretation in its overall image.


    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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