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Rare Walter Bosse Hooks on Teak Wood
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Rare Walter Bosse hooks on teak wood. Original condition.
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Rare Walter Bosse Hooks on Teak Wood
Rare Walter Bosse Hooks on Teak Wood
H 4.34 in W 9.85 in D 1.58 in
Walter Bosse 6x Cat Zoo Brass Animal Wall Hooks by Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
hook. The hooks are sold and priced per piece. A humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Herta
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Monkey Hook Wardrobe Hooks by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "monkey" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in very
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Monkey Hook Wardrobe Hooks by Walter Bosse
Monkey Hook Wardrobe Hooks by Walter Bosse
H 7.49 in W 1.58 in D 0.79 in
Walter Bosse Wall Hook Shows a Lion Rare Model
By Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse wall hook shows a lion rare model Original condition.
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Cat Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "cat" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in very good
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Cat Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
Cat Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
H 6.7 in W 3.94 in D 3.55 in
Monkey Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "monkey" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in very good
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Monkey Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
Monkey Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
H 6.7 in W 3.94 in D 3.55 in
Cow Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "cow" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in very good
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Cow Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
Cow Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
H 6.7 in W 3.55 in D 3.94 in
Lion Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "lion" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Lion Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
Lion Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
H 6.7 in W 3.55 in D 3.94 in
Rare Bear Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "bear" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in very good
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Rare Bear Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
Rare Bear Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
H 6.7 in W 3.94 in D 3.55 in
Mid-Century Modern Vintage Brass Black Wall Hooks Walter Bosse, 1950s, Austria
By Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
. Approx. measures: Width 9 cm Depth 8.5 cm Height 16 cm Walter Bosse (1904-1979) was an Austrian ceramic
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pair of Brass Wall Hooks Walter Bosse, 1950s, Austria
By Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
This rare Mid-Century Modern vintage pair of brass wall hooks "Max & Moritz" was designed by Walter
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

3 Walter Bosse Brass Wall Hooks of a Lion Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
3 Walter Bosse brass wall hooks of a Lion Austria, 1950s Original condition.  
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Five Walter Bosse Brass Wall Hooks of a Lion Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Five Walter Bosse brass wall hooks of a Lion Austria, 1950s Five are available, priced and sold per
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Three Walter Bosse Brass Wall Hooks of a Lion Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Three Walter Bosse brass wall hooks of a Lion Austria, 1950s. 3 are available, priced and sold per
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Shoehorn Squirrel Blackened Brass by Walter Bosse, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A nice shoehorn made of blackened and partly polished brass by Walter Bosse, Austria, 1950s. The
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Figural Dog Coat Hook Walter Bosse Cast Brass / Bronze Mid Century Modern
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Bad Säckingen, DE
Iconic mid century modern black patinated brass or bronze figural dog coat hook, designed by Walter
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Walter Bosse Cow Zoo Mid-Century Brass Wall Hook, Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A lovely Austrian modernist animal coat wall hook, displaying a cow. A humorous design by Walter
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Figural Cow / Bull Coat Hook Walter Bosse Cast Brass / Bronze Mid Century Modern
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Bad Säckingen, DE
by Walter Bosse for Herta Baller in the 1950s/60s.
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Bosse & Baller Asymmetric Coat Brass Wall Hook, 1950s, Austria
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
manufactured by Walter Bosse and Herta Baller (Bosse Baller Company) in 1950s. Handmade of polished and
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Rare "Bremen Town Musicians" Key Hanger by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
ebonized brass, designed by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller in the 1950s. Excellent condition.
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Rare "Bremen Town Musicians" Key Hanger by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
ebonized brass, designed by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller in the 1950s. Excellent condition.
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Three Midcentury Bosse Baller Brass Coat Wall Hooks, 1950s, Austria
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
& manufactured by Walter Bosse and Herta Baller (Bosse Baller Company) in 1950s. Handmade of polished solid brass
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Walter Bosse Brass Key Hanger Donkey, Dog, Cat and Cock, Herta Baller, Austria
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
by Walter Bosse was executed by Hertha Baller in Austria during the 1950s. Made of patinated brass
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Cat Wall Hooks by Walter Bosse, 'Price Per Piece'
Located in Wien, AT
Cat wall hook by Walter Bosse Original condition Price per piece.
Category

Vintage 1950s Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Set of 5 Mid-Century Modern Massive Brass Wall Hooks, Austria, 1960s
By Walter Bosse
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
The great thing about the individual hooks is that they can be individually attached to the wall in
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Walter Bosse Style Cat Coat Wall Coat Hook Mid-Century Modern, 1960s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A cute Bosse Era style wall hook, made in the 1960s. It is made of Brass or some kind of metal
Category

Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Metal

Four Asymmetric Modernist Brass Wall Hooks by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Four asymmetrical modernist brass wall hooks by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s original state
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

24x Midcentury Brass Double Wall Hook by Herta Baller, Vienna, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Up to 24 beautiful Austrian modernist V-shaped brass double wall hooks, manufactured in the 1950s
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Wood, Glass and Brass Coat Rack Herta Baller Style, Italy 1970s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Rome, IT
style of Walter Bosse and Herta Baller. Made in Italy in the 1970s.
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Metal, Brass

Set of 7 Brass Coat Hooks by Vereinigte Werkstätten München
By Nils Nisse Strinning, Walter Bosse, Franz Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Vereinigte Werkstätten München
Located in München, DE
Beautiful and very rare coat hooks from the 1950s. Wonderful high-quality workmanship and a shape
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Metal

Set of 3 Brass Coat Hooks by Franz Hagenauer for Hagenauer Werkstätten Wien
By String Design AB, Nils Nisse Strinning, Walter Bosse, Franz Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in München, DE
Beautiful and very rare coat hooks from the 1950s. Wonderful high-quality workmanship and a shape
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Metal

Authentic Austrian 60's Brass Coat Rack Hat Rack by Baller Vienna
By Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Baller, probably designed by Walter Bosse. It was made using the finest materials, in this case beautiful
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Walter Bosse Dwarf Midcentury Brass Wall Coat Hook, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A midcentury brass wall coat hook, displaying a dwarf. A humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Walter Bosse Huge Coat Hooks
By Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Exceptionally large and massive (1.5 kg!) clothes hooks in form of a bear by Walter Bosse. Two
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Walter Bosse Huge Coat Hooks
Walter Bosse Huge Coat Hooks
H 4.73 in W 7.88 in D 5.91 in
Cow Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Brass hook "cow" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in very good
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Cow Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
Cow Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
H 6.7 in W 3.94 in D 3.55 in
Cat Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Brass hook "cat" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in very good
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Cat Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
Cat Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
H 6.7 in W 3.94 in D 3.55 in
Walter Bosse Brass Wall Hooks Model 'Zoo', 6 Pieces Available, Austria 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Walter Bosse brass wall hooks model 'Zoo', 6 pieces available, Austria 1950s.
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Rare Austrian Brass Rabbit Wall Hook by Walter Bosse for Baller, circa 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
A rare Walter Bosse hook in the form of a rabbit. What better way is there to bring some joy into a
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Walter Bosse 5 Zoo Brass Wall Hooks, Monkey, Rabbit, Cat, Cow & Lion, Baller
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Walter Bosse hooks and brass objects in our other listings. Please contact us, if you need a special
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Walter Bosse Animal Wall Hooks
By Walter Bosse
Located in Munich, DE
donkey and a gnome. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller Austria in the
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Bronze

Walter Bosse Animal Wall Hooks
Walter Bosse Animal Wall Hooks
H 7.49 in W 3.55 in D 2.76 in
Walter Bosse Style Cast Brass Dog Wall Hook
By Walter Bosse
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Cast brass wall hook featuring a dog figure in the style of Walter Bosse. The piece wall mounts and
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Wall Hooks by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hooks "lion and cow" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Wall Hooks by Walter Bosse
Wall Hooks by Walter Bosse
H 7.09 in W 3.55 in D 3.94 in
Cat Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
cat wall hook by Walter Bosse 2 are available, priced and sold per piece. Original condition.
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Cat Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
Cat Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
H 6.7 in W 3.55 in L 6.7 in
Rare Bear Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "bear" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Rare Bear Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
Rare Bear Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
H 6.7 in W 3.94 in D 3.55 in
Rare Rabbit Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "rabbit" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Rare Rabbit Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
Rare Rabbit Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
H 7.09 in W 3.94 in D 3.55 in
11 Walter Bosse Wall Hooks, Austria, 1950
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Munich, DE
, two monkeys, a donkey and a rabbit. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

11 Walter Bosse Wall Hooks, Austria, 1950
11 Walter Bosse Wall Hooks, Austria, 1950
H 6.7 in W 3.55 in D 2.76 in
Coat Wall Hooks Cat Bull Monkey, Blackened Brass, Walter Bosse, Austria, 1950
By Walter Bosse
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A set of three wall hooks in the form of a cat, a bull, and a monkey by Walter Bosse, Austria
Category

Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Walter Bosse Animal Key Hanger Holder Hooks Blackened Brass, Hertha Baller, 1950
By Walter Bosse
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A key hanger made of made of blackened and polished brass by Walter Bosse and manufactured by
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Set of Four Wall Hooks by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hooks set "monkey, cat, dog and lion" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Set of Four Wall Hooks by Walter Bosse
Set of Four Wall Hooks by Walter Bosse
H 7.09 in W 3.55 in D 3.94 in
Set of 7 Brass Cat and Lion Coat Hooks by Walter Bosse, 1950s
By Walter Bosse
Located in Leuven, Vlaams Gewest
Mid century brass coat hooks by Walter Bosse. 4 cats and 3 lions Very playful, happy
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Brass Cow Wall Hook Board by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Amazing Austrian 50s Cow Wall Hook Board. Brass, partly black patinated
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Brass Cow Wall Hook Board by Walter Bosse
Brass Cow Wall Hook Board by Walter Bosse
H 7.09 in W 9.45 in D 0.79 in
Two Walter Bosse Dog Mid-Century Wall Hook, Brass, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Two Austrian modernist brass coat hook, displaying a dog. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Two Walter Bosse Brass Wall Hooks Displaying a Bear, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Up to two Austrian modernist brass wall coat hooks, displaying a bear. A humorous design by Walter
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Two Walter Bosse Brass Wall Hooks Displaying a Dog, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller Austria in the 1950s. Made of black finished brass. In very good
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Three Walter Bosse Modernist Cow Animal Brass Wall Coat Hooks, Vienna, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Walter Bosse, executed by Baller Vienna. Made of black finished brass. In very good condition with nice
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Two Walter Bosse Rabbit and Bear Mid-Century Wall Hooks, Brass, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Two Walter Bosse rabbit and bear Mid-Century wall hooks, brass, Austria, 1950s. Original condition
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Up to Eight Walter Bosse Brass Animal Wall Hooks Displaying a Cat Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller Austria in the 1950s. Made of black finished brass. In good
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

Five Walter Bosse Brass Wall Hooks of a Lion, Cow, Dog, Monkey, and Cat, Vienna
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
monkey. Designed in the 1950s by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller Vienna. Made of black finished
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Bosse Baller Asymmetric Coat Brass Wall Hook, 1950s, Austria
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
manufactured by Walter Bosse and Herta Baller (Bosse Baller Company) in 1950s. Handmade of polished and
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Three Midcentury Bosse Baller Coat Brass Wall Hooks, 1950s, Austria
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
& manufactured by Walter Bosse and Herta Baller (Bosse Baller Company) in 1950s. They are handmade of polished
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

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Walter Bosse Hook For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the walter bosse hook you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each walter bosse hook for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, brass and bronze. Your living room may not be complete without a walter bosse hook — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. Each walter bosse hook bearing Mid-Century Modern hallmarks is very popular.

How Much is a Walter Bosse Hook?

The average selling price for a walter bosse hook at 1stDibs is $300, while they’re typically $99 on the low end and $1,650 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

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

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 celebrated 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.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. 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.