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Panther Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1950

SKU 808

Panther on a tree, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, ca. 1950, carved wood and brass, marked

  • Height: 22cm, Width: 44cm, Depth: 13cm
  • 1950 to 1955
    Technique: carved walnut and precious wood, brass base polished
    Provenance: private collection Miami, USA

    marked with “wHw” in the circle, “HAGENAUER/WIEN”

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    With its exotic motif and remarkable size, the large wildcat represents an exception among Hagenauer’s animal figures. Relaxed yet alert, the panther sits on a big branch as it would be seen in its natural habitat. As usual, the depiction is strongly stylized. Nevertheless, some details are carefully worked out, for example the finely carved ears, large paws, or the dangling tail. Combining the dark animal’s body with the lighter wood of the branch makes it very special. The slight reflection of the panther in the polished brass base creates an additional, unexpected effect, as if the panther is sitting on a branch that reaches out above the water.
    This wildcat, an outstanding object from the 1950s, stands for an elegant design in combination with superb craftsmanship.

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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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