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Brass Cat Figurine

Walter Bosse Brass Cat Figurine Pretzel Holder, Ring Holder
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse brass cat figurine pretzel holder, ring holder Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Walter Bosse Brass Cat Figurine Pretzel Holder, Ring Holder
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Austrian brass cat figurine, usually made to be used as a pretzel holder, a decorative piece, very
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Walter Bosse Brass Cat Figurine Pretzel Holder, Ring Holder
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Austrian brass cat figurine, usually made to be used as a pretzel holder, a decorative piece, very
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Brass Cat Figurine Pretzel Holder, Ring Holder Attributed to Richard Rohac
Located in Wien, AT
Brass cat figurine pretzel holder, ring holder attributed to Richard Rohac Original condition.  
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Walter Bosse Brass Cat Figurine Jewelry Ring Holder, Herta Baller Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming Austrian brass cat figurine originally made to be used as a pretzel holder, a decorative
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Walter Bosse Brass Cat Figurine Bottle Stopper Pourer, Baller Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1950s Austrian Bosse cat Figurine Collectible. Nice addition to your room or just for
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass, Bronze

Walter Bosse Brass Cat Figurine Pen Holder Stand, Baller Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1950s Austrian Bosse cat Figurine Collectible. Nice addition to your room or just for
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass, Bronze

Walter Bosse Brass Cat Figurine Pen Holder Stand, Baller Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1950s Austrian Bosse cat Figurine Collectible. Nice addition to your room or just for
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass, Bronze

Walter Bosse Brass Cat Figurine Bottle Stopper Pourer, Baller Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1950s Austrian Bosse cat Figurine Collectible. Nice addition to your room or just for
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass, Bronze

Walter Bosse Brass Cat Figurine Jewelry Ring Holder, Baller Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1950s Austrian Bosse cat Figurine Collectible. Nice addition to your room or just for
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Cat Figurine by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Cat figurine by Walter Bosse Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Cat Figurine by Walter Bosse
Cat Figurine by Walter Bosse
H 1.19 in W 0.79 in D 1.19 in
Walter Bosse figurine Pair of CATS brass patinated new Vienna Austria
By Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Pair of Cats. New production made in Austria. The figurine is special in its own way and requires
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Brass

Walter Bosse Cat Figurine with Thermometer, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse cat figurine with thermometer, 1950s Austrian desk thermometer, cat figurine and a
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Walter Bosse Cat Figurine with Thermometer, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse cat figurine with thermometer, 1950s Austrian desk thermometer, cat figurine and a
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Cat Figurine by Walter Bosse, Vienna, Around 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Cat Figurine by Walter Bosse, Vienna, Around 1950s Original condition
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Cat Figurine Holding a Thermometer by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
A very charming Austrian desk thermometer, consisting of a nice cat figurine and a lantern-shaped
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Small Walter Bosse Cat Figurine Around 1950s, 'Marked'
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Small Walter bosse cat figurine around 1950s Brass, Nickel - plated Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass, Nickel

Cat Figurine by Walter Bosse, Vienna, Around 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Cat figurine by Walter Bosse, Vienna, around 1950s Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Small Walter Bosse Cat Figurine, Vienna, circa 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Small Walter Bosse cat figurine, Vienna, circa 1950s Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Cat Figurine Holding a Thermometer by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
A very charming Austrian desk thermometer, consisting of a nice cat figurine and a lantern-shaped
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Cat Figurine with Shovel and Rake by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass figurine blackened with a shovel and rake. Designed in the 1950s by Walter Bosse for Hertha
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Cat Figurine Pretzel Holder, Ring Holder by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass figurine blackened pretzel holder, ring holder. Designed in the 1950s by Walter Bosse for
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Walter Bosse Cat Figurine with Thermometer, Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming Austrian desk thermometer, consisting of a lovely cat figurine and a lantern-shaped
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Scientific Instruments

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Brass

Walter bosse for herta Baller cat figurine vienna around 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Walter bosse for herta Baller cat figurine vienna around 1950s Original condition
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Walter Bosse Cat Figurine with Thermometer, Herta Baller Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming Austrian Mid Century modern desk thermometer, consisting of a nice cat figurine and a
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Bosse Baller Cat Bronze Corkscrew Vienna Austria, 1950s Mid-Century Modern
By Walter Bosse
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1950s Austrian Bosse cat Figurine Collectible. Nice addition to your room or just for
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Bosse Baller Cat Letter Opener Bronze Vienna Austria, 1950s Mid-Century Modern
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1950s Austrian Bosse cat Figurine Collectible. Nice addition to your room or just for
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

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Walter Bosse Brass Cat Figurine Jewelry Holder, Ring Holder, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming Austrian brass cat figurine usually made to be used as a pretzel holder, a decorative
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By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
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Walter Bosse Cat Brass Figurine Pen Holder, Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
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Walter Bosse Cat Figurine Bottle Opener Vienna, 1950s
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Miniature Cat Figurine by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s
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as possible happy.” Excellent example of a Walter Bosse brass figurine. This modernist piece from
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Miniature Halloween Cat Figurine by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s
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as possible happy.” Excellent example of a Walter Bosse brass figurine. This modernist piece from
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Walter Bosse Cat Figurine with Thermometer, Hertha Baller Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
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Walter Bosse Cat Figurine Pen Holder, Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
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Walter Bosse Cat Figurine Cork Screw by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
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Brass Cat Figurine For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the brass cat figurine you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A brass cat figurine — often made from brass, metal and glass — can elevate any home. Your living room may not be complete without a brass cat figurine — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. A brass cat figurine, designed in the Mid-Century Modern or Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Many designers have produced at least one well-made brass cat figurine over the years, but those crafted by Hertha Baller and Walter Bosse are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Brass Cat Figurine?

The average selling price for a brass cat figurine at 1stDibs is $342, while they’re typically $125 on the low end and $589 for the highest priced.

Walter Bosse for sale on 1stDibs

Credited with thousands of works and models for ceramic pieces, Walter Bosse was an intensely prolific designer. The modernist Austrian sculptor and ceramist was best known for his distinctive “Black Golden” series of decorative objects and figurines, particularly his hedgehog ashtrays. Bosse’s mid-century and Art Deco works were popular as gifts for politicians and royalty worldwide, remaining coveted among collectors today.

Bosse was born in Vienna in 1904 to artist parents — his father, Julius, was a portrait painter for the Austrian Imperial Court. Bosse studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna from 1918 to 1921 under Austrian sculptor Michael Powolny and Austrian painter Franz Cizek. Later, he continued at the Munich School of Applied Arts in Germany under Austrian architect and designer Josef Hoffmann, a founder of the Vienna Secession movement.

Early in his career, Bosse worked as a designer at several ceramics manufacturers, including Augarten Porcelain Works in 1924, Goldscheider Porcelain Manufactory and Majolica Factory in 1926 and Metzler and Ortloff in 1927. In 1925, Bosse displayed several pieces at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris, which introduced the Art Deco style to a global audience.

In 1931, Bosse opened a shop in Kufstein, Austria, selling ceramic gift items. Owing to the crippling economic effects of the Great Depression, however, Bosse was forced to close his shop in 1937. He returned to Vienna in 1938 and opened another business, Bosse Keramik, where he sold toys, glass, textiles and more. In the late 1940s, Bosse experimented with small-scale brass sculptures and desk accessories coated in black ceramic glaze. With Austrian designer Herta Baller, Bosse formed the Bosse-Baller company to manufacture the “Black Golden” line of figurines, which became wildly popular worldwide.

Despite Bosse’s success, he struggled financially and moved to Iserlohn, Germany, in 1953. Meanwhile, Baller continued to manufacture and sell Bosse’s designs, which were so popular that forgers copied and sold counterfeit editions of Bosse’s works around the world. The 1950s marked the debut of the artist’s whimsically zoomorphic hedgehog ashtrays — these were cast in brass, and a hedgehog ashtray in any other material is not a Bosse original.

Bosse spent the rest of his life embroiled in court battles to protect his designs, leaving him penniless by the time he died. Today authentic Bosse pieces — from wall-mounted sculptures to tableware — continue to be highly sought after by collectors.

Find vintage Walter Bosse serveware, wall decorations and more on 1stDibs.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

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The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right animal-sculptures for You

Invite the untamed wonders of the animal kingdom into your home — and do so safely — with the antique, new and vintage animal sculptures available on 1stDibs.

Artists working in every medium from furniture design to jewelry to painting have found inspiration in wild animals over the years. For sculptors, three-dimensional animal renderings — both realistic and symbolic — crisscross history and continents. In as early as 210 B.C., intricately detailed terracotta horses guarded early Chinese tombs, while North America’s native Inuit tribes living in the ice-covered Arctic during the 1800’s wore small animal figurines carved from walrus ivory. Indeed, animal sculpture has a long history, and beginning in the 19th century, the art form started becoming not only fashionable but artistically validated — a trend that continues today. At home, animal sculptures — polished bronze rhinos crafted in the Art Deco style or ceramic dogs of the mid-century modern era — can introduce both playfulness and drama to your decor.

In the case of the frosted glass sculptures crafted by artisans at legendary French glassmaker Lalique, founded by jeweler and glass artist René Lalique, some animal sculptures are purely decorative. With their meticulously groomed horse manes and detailed contours of their parakeet feathers, these creatures want to be proudly displayed. Adding animal sculptures to your bookcases can draw attention to your covetable collection of vintage monographs, while side tables and wall shelving also make great habitats for these ornamental animal figurines.

Some sculptures, however, can find suitable nests in just about any corner of your space. Whimsical brass flamingos or the violent, realist bronze lions created by Parisian sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye are provocative and versatile pieces that can rest on windowsills or your desk. Otherwise, the brass cat shoehorns and bronze porcupine ashtrays designed by Viennese artist Walter Bosse are no longer roaming aimlessly throughout your living room, as they’ve found a purpose to serve.

Embark on your safari today and find a fascinating collection of vintage, modern and antique animal sculptures on 1stDibs.