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Walter Bosse Shoehorn

Walter Bosse Shoehorn, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse Shoehorn, circa 1950s polished and stove enamelled.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Walter Bosse Shoehorn Shows a Cat, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse shoehorn shows a cat, circa 1950s Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Walter Bosse Shoehorn Shows a Cat, circa 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse shoehorn shows a cat, circa 1950s Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Walter Bosse Shoehorn Shows a Cat, circa 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse shoehorn shows a cat, circa 1950s Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Walter Bosse Shoehorn for Herta Baller, 1950s, Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Walter Bosse shoehorn for Herta Baller, 1950s, Austria, good original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Shoehorn Shows a horse by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Shoehorn Shows a Capricorn by Walter Bosse Original condition
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

 Shoehorn Shows a horse by Walter Bosse
 Shoehorn Shows a horse by Walter Bosse
H 16.15 in W 2.76 in D 0.4 in
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

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Brass

Shoehorn Shows a Mouse by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Shoehorn shows a mouse by Walter Bosse Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Shoehorn Shows a Mouse by Walter Bosse
Shoehorn Shows a Mouse by Walter Bosse
H 16.54 in W 1.97 in D 0.79 in
Shoehorn Shows a Cat by Walter Bosse Around, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Shoehorn Shows a cat by Walter Bosse around 1950s Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Walter Bosse Brass Shoe Horn Displaying a Cow, Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful brass shoehorn, displaying a cow. A humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

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Figural Cow / Bull Coat Hook Walter Bosse Cast Brass / Bronze Mid Century Modern
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
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Walter Bosse shoehorn cat, circa 1950s
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Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse shoehorn cat, circa 1950s Original condition.
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Shoehorn Shows a Capricorn by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Shoehorn shows a Capricorn by Walter Bosse Original condition.
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Shoehorn Shows a Capricorn by Walter Bosse
Shoehorn Shows a Capricorn by Walter Bosse
H 17.33 in W 2.37 in D 0.4 in
Shoehorn Shows a Capricorn by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Shoehorn shows a Capricorn by Walter Bosse Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Shoehorn Shows a Capricorn by Walter Bosse
Shoehorn Shows a Capricorn by Walter Bosse
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Mid-Century Brass Shoehorn by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Blackened brass with caw motif designed by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller in the 1950s. Perfect
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Mid-Century Brass Shoehorn by Walter Bosse
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Walter Bosse Shoehorn For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the walter bosse shoehorn you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each walter bosse shoehorn for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using brass and metal. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect walter bosse shoehorn — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. When you’re browsing for the right walter bosse shoehorn, those designed in mid-century modern styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one walter bosse shoehorn that is appealing in its simplicity, but Walter Bosse and Herta Baller produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Walter Bosse Shoehorn?

A walter bosse shoehorn can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $407, while the lowest priced sells for $264 and the highest can go for as much as $700.

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.

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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 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.

Materials: brass Furniture

Whether burnished or lacquered, antique, new and vintage brass furniture can elevate a room.

From traditional spaces that use brass as an accent — by way of brass dining chairs or brass pendant lights — to contemporary rooms that embrace bold brass decor, there are many ways to incorporate the golden-hued metal.

“I find mixed metals to be a very updated approach, as opposed to the old days, when it was all shiny brass of dulled-out silver tones,” says interior designer Drew McGukin. “I especially love working with brass and blackened steel for added warmth and tonality. To me, aged brass is complementary across many design styles and can trend contemporary or traditional when pushed either way.”

He proves his point in a San Francisco entryway, where a Lindsey Adelman light fixture hangs above a limited-edition table and stools by Kelly Wearstleralso an enthusiast of juxtapositions — all providing bronze accents. The walls were hand-painted by artist Caroline Lizarraga and the ombré stair runner is by DMc.

West Coast designer Catherine Kwong chose a sleek brass and lacquered-parchment credenza by Scala Luxury to fit this San Francisco apartment. “The design of this sideboard is reminiscent of work by French modernist Jean Prouvé. The brass font imbues the space with warmth and the round ‘portholes’ provide an arresting geometric element.”

Find antique, new and vintage brass tables, case pieces and other furnishings now on 1stDibs.

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.