Carl Auböck Furniture

Carl Auböck (Austria, 1900–57)

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?

Rosewood Flatware Service for 12 by Carl Auböck for Rosenthal
Rosewood Flatware Service for 12 by Carl Auböck...
Carl Auböck, Neuzeughammer, Rosenthal Silver
Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Tableware
Stainless Steel, Rosewood
Exceptional rosewood and stainless steel flatware set 'Duo' for 12 place settings designed by Carl Auböck and made by Amboss Neuzeug Hammer Company for Rosenthal Austria, circa 1967....
Mid-Century Modern Red Carl Auböck Dining Room Chairs, 1956, Vienna
Mid-Century Modern Red Carl Auböck Dining Room ...
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Beech
This set of six dining room chairs designed by Carl Auböck, 1956, Vienna and executed by E. & A. Pollack, Vienna. They are made of solid beechwood and plywood. These original very ra...
Carl Auböck Platter

Carl Auböck Platter

By Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck Platter
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls
Brass
Carl Auböck platter brass platter. Signed with impressed manufacturer's mark to underside: [Auböck].
Carl Auböck Brass Pocket Watch Opener
Carl Auböck Brass Pocket Watch Opener
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Folk Art Barware
Brass
Carl Auböck. Brass opener as a pocket watch. Market on the back. Heavy piece. Can also be used as a paperweight.
Heavy Brass Midcentury Leather Opener by Auböck
Heavy Brass Midcentury Leather Opener by Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Letter Openers
Brass, Leather
This rather beautiful desk accessory was made by the well known Auböck workshop during one of their most innovative and creative periods, midcentury, Vienna. Shaped almost exactly...
Rare and Heavy Brass Boot Jack by Carl Auböck, Midcentury, Vienna
Rare and Heavy Brass Boot Jack by Carl Auböck, ...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Sports Equipment and Memorabilia
Brass, Leather
A rare collectors find from the Auböck workshop. The well-shaped object functions as a boot jack and is made from the characteristic combination of heavy brass and leather. Marked o...
Salt and Pepper Shakers by Carl Auböck
Salt and Pepper Shakers by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Modern More Dining and Entertaining
Horn, Walnut
Two shakers, carved from horn, rest in a special turned walnut holder. A very playful way to supply condiments to your guests. The shakers which are shaped like inverted drops, an...
Carl Auböck Cork Bottle Stopper, Horn, Leather, Austria, 1950s
Carl Auböck Cork Bottle Stopper, Horn, Leather,...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Horn, Leather
A beautiful Austrian modernist bottle stopper, made of cow horn, brass and original leather, string designed and executed in the 1950s by Carl Auböck, Vienna. In very good condition.
Rare Midcentury Auböck Wicker Flower Stand
Rare Midcentury Auböck Wicker Flower Stand
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres
Steel, Wicker
One of the rarer as well one of the fewer furniture designs by Carl Auböck. The stand made from simple, blackened steel, the basket made from wicker - overall in good condition!
Carl Auböck Nickel-Plated Ice Bucket and Tongs, Brass, Austria, 1950s
Carl Auböck Nickel-Plated Ice Bucket and Tongs...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Wicker, Nickel
A beautiful Mid-Century Modern ice bucket and tongs, designed and executed by Carl Auböck, Vienna, in the 1950s. Made of nickel-plated brass with nice wicker on its handle and botto...
Carl Auböck Nickel-Plated Cocktail Shaker, Brass, Leather, Austria, 1950s
Carl Auböck Nickel-Plated Cocktail Shaker, Bras...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Leather, Nickel
A beautiful Mid-Century Modernist cocktail shaker from the 1950s, designed and executed by Carl Auböck. Made of nickel-plated brass with a nice leather-covered lid. In excellent cond...
Carl Auböck Leather Pitcher, Six Glasses and Bamboo Stirrer, Austria, 1950s
Carl Auböck Leather Pitcher, Six Glasses and Ba...
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Glass, Leather
An elegant Martini set consisting of a glass pitcher with leather handle, six drinking glasses with leather sleeves and a bamboo stirrer. In excellent condition.          
Rare Carl Aubock Mid-Century Table Lamp, Desk L...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Leather
We are proud to offer this very rare and beautiful table or desk lamp from the 1950s. Designed and executed by Carl Aubock, Austria. This lamp is made of brass and has a leather-cove...
Carl Auböck Fish Money Box Piggy Bank, Wood Bra...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Models and Miniatures
Brass, Wood, Walnut
A money box in the form of a fish made of walnut, brass and horse hair designed by Carl Auböck, manufactured by Carl Auböck workshop in midcentury, Vienna, circa 1960. An authentic ...
Carl Auböck Magazine Newspaper Rack Stand Tray,...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands
Brass, Leather
A magazine or newspaper tray made of patined brass and cognac or light brown leather designed by Carl Auböck, manufactured by Carl Auböck workshop in midcentury, circa 1950, Vienna, ...
Carl Auböck Bookshelf Floating Shelf, Wicker Br...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands
Brass, Wicker
A bookshelf made of patined brass and wicker designed by Carl Auböck, manufactured by Carl Auböck workshop in midcentury, circa 1950, Vienna, 1950s. An authentic handmade piece in ...
Carl Auböck Midcentury Candlestick, Walnut, Bra...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks
Brass, Walnut
A beautiful modernist candleholder, made of walnut and brass, designed an manufactured by Carl Auböck, Austria, Vienna, in the 1950s. In very good condition.

Carl Aubock Table

By Carl Auböck
Carl Aubock Table
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Walnut
Very nice example of a Carl Aubock table, circa 1950s, Austria. Beautiful patina to wood and brass.  
Carl Auböck Pen Pencil Holder, Brass Horn, 1950s
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories
Brass, Horn
A pencil holder made of patined brass and polished Horn designed by Carl Auböck, manufactured by Carl Auböck workshop in midcentury, circa 1950, Vienna. An authentic handmade piece...
Carl Auböck Brass Ashtray
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories
Brass
Large and impressive brass ashtray by Viennese master designer Carl Auböck.
Beautiful Carl Aubock Cast-Iron Pepper Salt Mil...
Carl Auböck
20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Tableware
Iron
A beautiful and solid modernist pepper- or salt mill with Peugeot grinder, made of black-finished cast iron. Designed and executed by Carl Aubock in the 1970s. In very good condition...
Carl Auböck Large Brass Wall Hooks
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets
Brass
Large modernist cast brass wall hooks by Viennese designer Carl Auböck. Original works from the 1950s. Sold separately; four available.
Carl Auböck Brass and Horn Candelabrum
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Candelabras
Brass, Horn, Steel
Mouflon horn, brass and enameled steel candelabrum by Viennese master designer Carl Auböck. Holds four candles; original from 1961.
Carl Auböck Brass Pen or Paintbrush Rest
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories
Brass
Rare brass pen or paintbrush rest by Viennese master designer Carl Auböck, made in Austria in 1949.
Pocket Watch Paperweight by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights
Brass
Brass pocket watch paperweight by Carl Auböck. Unsigned.
Carl Auböck Brass Candleholder
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Candelabras
Brass
Beautiful modernist brass six-candle holder by Viennese designer Carl Auböck. This work is original from the 1950s and is stamped "Auböck" "Made in Austria".
Carl Auböck Large Leather Magazine Rack
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands
Brass, Leather
Large leather magazine rack with brass stand by Viennese designer Carl Auböck. This work is in beautiful vintage condition, and is original from the 1950s.
Carl Auböck Brass Dinner Bell
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories
Brass
Large, solid brass dinner bell or paperweight by Viennese master designer Carl Auböck, made in Austria in 1944.
Carl Auböck "Duo" Flatware Service for Eight
Rosenthal Studio Line, Carl Auböck, Amboss Austria
Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Tableware
Stainless Steel, Rosewood
"Duo" series flatware in stainless steel and rosewood by Carl Auböck III. A 1967 design produced by Neuzeughammer Ambosswerk for Rosenthal Studio Line, circa 1970. Five pie...
Carl Auböck Brass Ashtray
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays
A minimalist, elegant ashtray by Carl Auböck, Austria, circa 1950s.
Spike Holder by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1940s Austrian Tableware
Horn, Nutwood, Cork
Spike holder with 8 forks No 4715 Designed 1949 by Carl Auböck Nutwood, cork, chromed brass, horn Measures: 18 x 3.5 cm, h 8 cm 7.09 x 1.38 in, h 3.15 in. Literature: Cleme...
Bowl, "Crown", by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Ashtrays
Brass
Small bowl or ashtray, "Crown" by Carl Auböck, 1950s, Polished brass Signed: Auböck Ø 9 cm, H 3.5 cm; 3.54 in, H 1.38 in Good condition with minor traces of usage and ag...
Pair of Carl Auböck Vice Versa Floor Lamps
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Wicker, Iron
Two iconic vice versa floor lamps executed in brass, wicker and cast iron designed by Werksta¨tte Carl Aubo¨ck, Austria, circa 1950. Price is for the pair. Produced by Carl Auböck ...
Carl Auböck Tree Trunk Table, Austria, 1950s
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A beautiful Viennese tree trunk table, designed and executed by Carl Auböck in the 1950s. Made of a walnut wood slab, black painted bottom, with three brass legs and rubber shoes.
Carl Auböck Planter, Wicker Black Metal, Austri...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Planters and Jardinieres
Metal
A planter with the original wicker and internal liner in zinc and a black painted metal frame designed by Carl Auböck, manufactured by Carl Auböck workshop in midcentury, circa 1950....
Carl Auböck Tray Salver, Brass Leather, Austria...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Brass, Leather
A leather and brass tray designed by Carl Auböck, manufactured by Carl Auböck workshop in Mid-Century, circa 1950. The aged brass and leather show signs of wear and use. An authenti...
Wooden Basket by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1940s Austrian Decorative Baskets
Brass, Cane, Nutwood
Basket / bowl No. 4194 Designed by Carl Auböck 1946 Nutwood, chromed brass, cane 7,5 x 11 cm, h 14,5 cm / 2,95 x 4,33 in, h 5,7 in very good condition with minor traces of ...
Rare Carl Auböck Wall Mounted Coat Rack
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands
Aluminum, Brass, Maple
Rare Carl Auböck wall-mounted coat rack in natural maple with event movable patinated brass and anodized aluminum hooks of three types. It is in excellent vintage condition. Made in ...
Austrian Midcentury Brass Wall Cloth Hooks by C...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires
Brass
Beautiful pure and iconic designed brass hooks by the Austrian architect and designer Carl Auböck, model no. 4330/ 3.
Carl Aubock Bottle Opener
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Stainless Steel, Horn
Stainless steel bottle opener with Horn handle, model 4990, designed and produced by Carl Aubock, circa 1960s. Stamped "Stainless Austria." Ref: "Carl Aubock: The Workshop" page 107.
Exceptional, Elegant and Heavy Brass Letter Ope...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Letter Openers
Brass, Leather
Unique Mid-Century Modern letter opener. Designed and manufactured by Carl Auböck in Vienna, Austria, 1950s. Executed in solid brass and leather. Measurements: L 8.07 in. x W 0.9...
Midcentury Carl Auböck Austrian Counterweight F...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal
Rare counterweight floor lamp from Austrian designer Carl Auböck, painted metal elements matched with brass ones, original switch in brass housing. Original upper shade has been kept...
Rare Carl Auböck Art Deco Brass Sculpture "The ...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1930s Austrian Art Deco Sculptures
Bronze
A very beautiful Art Deco brass cast sculpture, displaying a left-handed boxer. Designed and executed in Vienna by Carl Auböck (1900- 1957), dated circa 1928-1930. It has a height of...
Austrian Modernist Ice Cube Pincer Design by Ca...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Wicker, Chrome
Amazing Austrian modernist ice cube pincer with wicker handles in excellent condition, signed Auböck.
Carl Auböck Chain Paperweight-Sculpture, circa ...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights
Metal
Carl Auböck four-chain link paperweight-sculpture, circa 1960, Austria. Heavy silvered metal. Dimensions: 20 cm W, 5 cm D, 5 cm H. Original condition.  
Woven Wall Magazine Rack
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets
Brass, Raffia
Hanging woven raffia and brass magazine rack or basket.

Brass Pipe Rest

By Carl Auböck
Brass Pipe Rest
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights
Brass, Leather
A biomorphic brass pipe rest wrapped in brown leather.
Large Carl Auböck Wall Mounted Coat Rack in Map...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands
Brass, Maple
Large and rare Carl Auböck wall-mounted coat rack in natural maple wood with ten movable patinated brass hooks of two types. It is in excellent vintage condition. Made in Austria in ...
Large, Rare Carl Auböck Wall-Mounted Coat Rack
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands
Aluminum, Brass, Maple
Large and rare Carl Auböck wall-mounted coat rack in two-toned natural and stained maple with nine movable brass hooks of three types. It is in excellent vintage condition. Made at t...
Ashtray & Snuffer by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Ashtrays
Brass
Ashtray with a Snuffer, No. 3515 Designed 1947 by Carl Auböck Cast brass 16 x 10 cm, h 6.7 cm / 6.3 x 3.93 in, h 2.44 in Original, vintage piece! Good condition with traces ...
Set of Salt and Pepper Shakers "the Bombs" by C...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Modern Tableware
Nutwood, Horn
Drop shaped salt and pepper shakers "The Bombs", No.4290. Designed by Carl Auböck. Austria/Vienna, 1950. Turned light and dark cow horn tips, turned walnut container Very goo...
Salad Servers by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck, Amboss Austria
Vintage 1950s Austrian Serving Pieces
Stainless Steel
Salad servers 1950s by Carl Auböck Marked: AUBÖCK, Amboss Logo, ROSTFREI, MADE IN AUSTRIA Stainless steel PAT. 193567 Measures: L 24 cm / 9.45 inches Can be also used as tongs!...
Carl Auböck Modernist Horn Chess Game with Leat...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Games
Very exceptional and beautiful Austrian chess game/chess men, designed and executed in the early 1970s by Austrian Modernist Carl Auböck. Discontinued vintage chess game, made of lig...
Rare Carl Auböck Brass and Green Leather Shoeho...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Coat Racks and Stands
Brass, Leather
A rare and beautiful shoehorn, made of hammered brass, covered with green leather. Designed and executed by Workshop Carl Auböck in the 1950s. In good condition with signs of age on ...
Carl Auböck Egg Brass Paperweight, Austria, 1950s
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights
Brass
A cast brass egg paperweight with very nice patina by Carl Auböck / Auboeck / Aubock, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1950. The egg is marked on the bottom with 'Auböck M...
Austrian Modernist Stainless Steel and Horn Fis...
Carl Auböck, Amboss Austria
Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Horn, Stainless Steel
Amazing Stainless steel fish shaped cork screw and bottle opener, rare version with horn signed "Auböck".
Green Carl Auböck Dining Room Chairs, Vienna, 1...
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
This set of 8 dining room chairs was designed by Carl Auböck, 1956, Vienna for the dormitory of Anna Boschek girl´s home and executed by E. & A. Pollak Vienna. The dining room cha...
Carl Auböck Leather-Wrapped Fire Tools
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney...
Brass, Leather, Iron
Iron and leather fire tool set with brush, hook, log grabber, shovel and brass stand by Viennese designer Carl Auböck. This is an original work from the 1950s.
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