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Carl Auböck

Austrian, 1924-1993

The Viennese artist and designer Carl Auböck is one of the quirkiest and most delightful and collectible of modern designers. A rather odd duck in the world of decorative arts, he was a peculiar talent whose specialties included smaller accessory furnishings and tabletop pieces such as corkscrews, paperweights, letter openers, book ends and bottle stoppers. He rendered these pieces in a combination of metal — most often brass — and such elemental materials as leather, knobby wood and animal horn, creating forms that could be almost surreal, from hands and feet to keys, birds and amoebae.

As a boy, Auböck was precocious and artistic. He studied drawing and at the same time trained in the workshop of his father, a popular maker of traditional bronze figurines and collectibles. In 1919, he went to Germany to study at the Bauhaus, where he was a pupil of the progressive artist and theorist Johannes Ittens. While the Bauhaus is most associated with the rigidly ordered, functionalist architecture of its directors Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the school was in reality a liberal, spirited place — a crucible for imaginative, playful and avant-garde art and design. It was this spirit that imbued Auböck’s work from the time he left in 1921 to return to work with his father in Vienna, and that was passed on to his descendants, who run the atelier that is still in operation today.

Vintage Auböck designs have a special character, a patina that only emphasizes how much the pieces have been loved and used. His small furniture items — leather- or caned-sling magazine racks; free-edge wooden side tables with tubular bronze legs; wicker serving trolleys with turned beechwood wheels — are elegant and purposeful. His bijoux desktop objects, library tools, ashtrays and barware pieces evince a kind of mirthful practicality. They seem to ask: “If you need a corkscrew, or a paperweight, or a candlestick, why not make it fun as well as functional?” And indeed, why not?

Average Sold Price
$1,174
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Carl Auböck #3469 Brass Candleholder
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck brass '#3469' candleholder. Designed in the 1950s, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese candleholder is executed in polished and patinated brass by Werkstätte Carl Aubö...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck

Materials

Brass

  • Carl Auböck #3469 Brass Candleholder
  • Carl Auböck #3469 Brass Candleholder
  • Carl Auböck #3469 Brass Candleholder
  • Carl Auböck #3469 Brass Candleholder
H 4 in. W 4.72 in. D 2.95 in.
Carl Auböck Ashtray, Austria 1960s
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Ashtray, Austria 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carl Auböck

Materials

Brass

  • Carl Auböck Ashtray, Austria 1960s
  • Carl Auböck Ashtray, Austria 1960s
  • Carl Auböck Ashtray, Austria 1960s
  • Carl Auböck Ashtray, Austria 1960s
H 1.19 in. W 3.94 in. D 7.49 in.
Carl Auböck #3793 "Gourd" Vase or Bookend, Austria, 2022
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3793 "Gourd" vase or bookend, Austria, 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Midcentury Raffia Umbrella Stand, Wastepaper Basket, 1950s, Austria
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Very rare simple and elegant midcentury umbrella stand or wastepaper basket designed by Carl Auböck II and manufactured by Werkstätten Auböck in the 1950s, Austria. It's made of raff...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carl Auböck

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight #4867 "Egg", Austria
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Paperweight #4867 "Egg", Austria. Price is per piece.
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2010s Austrian Carl Auböck

Materials

Brass

  • Carl Auböck Paperweight #4867 "Egg", Austria
  • Carl Auböck Paperweight #4867 "Egg", Austria
  • Carl Auböck Paperweight #4867 "Egg", Austria
  • Carl Auböck Paperweight #4867 "Egg", Austria
H 0.04 in. W 1.97 in. D 0.04 in.
Carl Auböck #4666 Bottle Opener "Lock", Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #4666 bottle opener "Lock", Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4317 Brass Bowl
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #4317 brass bowl. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese bowl is executed in polished and darkly patinated brass. Originally conceiv...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck

Materials

Brass

  • Carl Auböck Model #4317 Brass Bowl
  • Carl Auböck Model #4317 Brass Bowl
  • Carl Auböck Model #4317 Brass Bowl
  • Carl Auböck Model #4317 Brass Bowl
H 1.25 in. W 11 in. D 2 in.
Carl Auböck Model #3653 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3653 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Produced by Carl...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck

Materials

Brass

  • Carl Auböck Model #3653 Brass Bookends
  • Carl Auböck Model #3653 Brass Bookends
  • Carl Auböck Model #3653 Brass Bookends
  • Carl Auböck Model #3653 Brass Bookends
H 5 in. W 3.75 in. D 3.25 in.
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Original in Berlin
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Carl Auböck furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Carl Auböck furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Carl Auböck furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 378 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there are also 117 modern editions to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Carl Auböck were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Werkstätte Hertha Baller, Karl Hagenauer and Carl Auböck. Prices for Carl Auböck furniture can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $136 and tops out at $20,000, while pieces like these can sell for $879 on average.

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