Tennis player, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, ca. 1950, brass cast and patinated, marked
marked with “wHw” in the circle, “HAGENAUER/WIEN”, “MADE IN/AUSTRIA”, “Handmade”
Karl and Franz Hagenauer had a passion for sports, which finds expression in numerous motifs. Whether the popular skiers or polo players in the early years of Werkstatte Hagenauer, or horsemen, boxers, and golfers: various sporting activities – mostly conveying a certain lifestyle – are captured in lovingly designed sculptures.
This statuette shows a tennis player in an almost caricature-like snapshot. Balancing on solely one leg, he returns his opponent’s serve, seemingly with a one-handed backhand. The tennis player, fully commited to the game, is even stretching one leg beyond the wooden base. With an expert’s eye and a twinkle, the sporting pose is cast in a charming figurine.
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