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Wall Mirror Karl Hagenauer Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1930

SKU 756

Wall mirror with beautifully detailed frame, Karl Hagenauer, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, ca. 1930, cast brass, marked and documented

  • Width: 2cm
  • Height: 42cm
  • Depth: 37.5cm
  • Dating: 1930 to 1935
    Epoch: Art Deco
    Technique: brass, cast; mirror glass
    Provenance: Private collection, USA
    marked with “HAGENAUER/WIEN”, “wHw” in the circle, “MADE IN/ AUSTRIA” Bib.: Olga Kronsteiner, Monika Wenzl-Bachmeier (ed.), Hagenauer – Viennese Modernism and New Realism, exhibition catalogue Wagner:Werk Postsparkasse, Vienna 2011, p. 17; copy from the sample book Werkstatte Hagenauer mod.no. 1776
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    The Hoffmann pupil and temporary designer of the Wiener Werkstatte, Karl Hagenauer, was one of the leading designers of Viennese design. Until the end of the 1920s, Josef Hoffmann commissioned the talented Karl Hagenauer with designs for the Wiener Werkstatte.
    From around 1930, however, his full attention belonged to the Werkstatte Hagenauer, founded by his father, Carl Hagenauer. The design for this very decorative mirror in relief technique dates from this early period.
    The ornamental frame is decorated with stylized animal figures. Embedded among reduced floral and geometric elements, we find a dog, a heron, and a little bird. The small episodes on the frame are loosened up by the animals’ soft shapes and the perforated technique.
    Some decorative elements in this design still remind the viewer very strongly of the Wiener Werkstatte, especially of the imaginative genius of Dagobert Peche. However, a reduction in figures and ornamentation is already evident, for which Werkstatte Hagenauer later became famous.

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