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Lot 12: Werkstätte Hagenauer, Newspaper Rack, Austria, c. 1950s
20 October 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Austria, Vienna, c. 1950s
Designed and made: Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien (1898-1987)
Dimensions: 41.5 x 41.5 x 29.5 cm
Elegant newspaper rack in timeless, sober design
This sober paper rack made of brass was created in the 1950s by the Hagenauer workshop. The simple frame on four disc feet is characterized by a minimalist design with modest, straight lines and rounded corners.
The paper holder is in good condition. The surface is partial slightly worn. The frame minimally warped, otherwise overall of good impression. The dimensions are 41.5 x 41.5 x 29.5 cm.
The Werkstätte Hagenauer was established in Vienna in 1898 by the father of designer Franz Hagenauer, Carl Hagenauer (1871-1928). The company's most successful products were Viennese Secession metal goods, which were featured in many exhibitions and collected numerous awards. Designs lacked ornamentation, focusing rather on the object's function. The workshop produced figures created by Josef Hoffmann and Otto Prutscher, as well as everyday items like corkscrews, bookends and inkwells, to name a few. Every design emphasized the unique shape and perfect craftsmanship of the object. The Werkstätte Hagenauer was the only place in the world producing this kind of arts and crafts objects. Despite the sculptures being almost a century old, most of them still look extremely contemporary. (cru)
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