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?

Carl Auböck #4118 Watering Can Polished Brass
Carl Auböck #4118 Watering Can Polished Brass
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Brass
Watering can #4118 by Carl Auböck in polished brass.  
Carl Auböck Coat Rack and Mirror Combination, Austria, 1950s
Carl Auböck Coat Rack and Mirror Combination, A...
Carl Auböck
20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Elegante wall coat rack mirror combo, designed and executed in the 1950s by Carl Auböck. An unique piece, maybe the only existing coat rack with mirror. With six hooks. Very good con...
Carl Aubock Silvered Bronze Four-Chain Link Paperweight Sculpture/Desk Accessory
Carl Aubock Silvered Bronze Four-Chain Link Pap...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1960s Austrian Modern Abstract Sculptures
Silver, Bronze
This heavy four-chain link paperweight sculpture/desk accessory by the renowned Viennese Carl Aubock is silvered bronze. This was done in the late 1960s. This inspiration came from a...
Midcentury Pitcher Jug by Carl Auböck
Midcentury Pitcher Jug by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers
Brass, Leather, Glass
Vintage large handblown glass pitcher with brass handle and removable cognac leather collar. Designed by Carl Auböck, Vienna, late 1950s. Original condition.
Bottle Opener by Auböck, 1950s
Bottle Opener by Auböck, 1950s
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Wicker
Bottle opener by Auböck, 1950s Very good original condition.  
Carl Auböck Brass Pen or Paintbrush Rest
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.
Carl Auböck Brass Ashtray
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.
Limited Edition Carl Auböck Model 4095 Floor Lamp
Limited Edition Carl Auböck Model 4095 Floor Lamp
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Opaline Glass, Iron, Nickel
Carl Auböck Model 4095 Floor Lamp. Designed in 1950, this Bauhaus influenced limited edition lamp is comprised of a nickel-plated iron base newly cast from the original design mould...
Werkstätte Carl Auböck 'Box' Floor Lamp
Werkstätte Carl Auböck 'Box' Floor Lamp
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Steel, Paper
Werkstätte Carl Auböck 'Box' Floor Lamp. Designed in 1950, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese lamp is executed in blackened steel and sculptural hard paper shade by Werkstätte Ca...
Carl Auböck Vice Versa Table Lamp
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass
Carl Auböck vice versa table lamp. Designed in 1950, these versatile and Minimalist Viennese lamps are executed in brass with reversible paper shade by Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Aust...
Carl Auböck #3794 Aorta Vase
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Brass
Aorta vase #3794 by Carl Auböck in patinated brass.
Set of Five Patinated #4982 Wall Hooks by Carl ...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets
Brass
Set of five patinated #4982 wall hooks by Carl Auböck. (Other quantity also available).  
Carl Auböck Model #5663 'Shell' Brass Figurine...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Collectible Je...
Brass
Carl Auböck model #5663 'Shell' brass figurine keyring. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural object is hand fabricated in polished brass. Price is per i...
Carl Auböck Model #5734 'Hand' Brass Figurine ...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Collectible Je...
Brass
Carl Auböck model #5734 'Hand' brass figurine keyring. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural object is hand fabricated in polished brass. Price is per ite...
Carl Auböck Model #5608 'Donkey' Brass Figurin...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Collectible Je...
Brass
Carl Auböck model #5608 'Donkey' brass figurine keyring. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural object is hand fabricated in polished brass. Price is per ...
Carl Auböck Model #4500 'Lucky Pig' Brass Figu...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Collectible Je...
Brass
Carl Aubo¨ck Model #4500 'Lucky Pig' Brass Figurine Keyring. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural object is hand fabricated in polished brass. Price is p...
Pair of Carl Auböck Bookends #4100 in a Patina ...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Bookends
Brass
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in a patina and polish brass mix. *This piece is curated for you by Original in Berlin*
Carl Auböck Horn Lamp Candle Lamp
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Candle Lamps
Brass, Horn
Unusual large horn shade on this classic Carl Auböck candle holder in polished solid brass. *This piece is curated for you by Original in Berlin*
Set of Five Carl Auböck Brass Figurine Keyrings
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Collectible Je...
Brass
Set of four Carl Aubo¨ck brass figurine keyrings. Includes model #4500 'Pig', model #5607 'Donkey', model #5663 'Shell', model #5734 'Hand and model #7151 'Anchor'. Designed in the 1...
Carl Auböck Model #7151 'Anchor' Brass Figurin...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Collectible Je...
Brass
Carl Auböck Model #7151 brass figurine keyring. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural object is hand fabricated in polished brass. Price is per item. Othe...
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 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 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 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 Aubock Cheese Board with Knife
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Cane, Stainless Steel, Wood
Wooden cutting board in a trapezoidal shape with a leather loop holding a cane-wrapped stainless steel knife. The knife is marked "Aubock/Made in Austria." Measurements include the ...
Carl Auböck Brass Sculptural Pipe Holder
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories
Brass
Carl Auböck brass sculptural pipe holder Original condition.
Wine Server by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Barware
Brass
Sculptural wine server by Carl Auböck Designed: 1950s Brass and wicker. Good condition with minor traces of usage and aging, nice patina!
Rare Carl Aubock Flower Vase
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Brass
Sculptural brass vase designed to hold two flowers by Carl Aubock. An early and rare design by the master object maker dating from the late 1940s. The vase is composed of a patinated...
Carl Auböck '4723' Polished Brass Wall Light
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights an...
Brass, Paper
Carl Auböck '4723' polished brass wall light. Executed in polished brass with hard white paper shade. Designed in 1950, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese lamps is executed in br...
Carl Auböck Tree Trunk Side Coffee Table, Austr...
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Carl Auböck tree trunk table, Austria, 1950s. Good unrestored vintage condition.  
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 ...
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...
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 ...
Nine Auböck Wall Hooks, 1950s
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets
Brass
Nine Auböck wall hooks, 1950s Original condition Price and selling per piece.  
Grouping of Four Carl Auböck Brass Vases
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Brass
Grouping of four Carl Auböck brass vases. Includes models #7231 (W 3.1 in. x D 2.2 in. x H 6.4 in.), #3794 (W 3.25 in. x D 2 in. x H 6.75 in.), #3975 (W 2.75 in. x D 2 in. x H 5 in....
Set of Three Carl Auböck Brass Bowls
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls
Brass
Set of three Carl Auböck brass bowls. Includes one each of Models #3904, #3844 & #4082. Designed in the 1950s, these incredibly refined and sculptural Viennese bowls are executed in ...
Austrian Midcentury Horn Fish Bottle Opener by ...
Carl Auböck, Amboss Austria
Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Stainless Steel, Horn
Fish shaped stainless steel and horn bottle opener, signed "AUBÖCK" and marked "STAINLESS AUSTRIA".
Carl Auböck „X“ Floor Lamp Model No. 3740 circa...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Bamboo
Carl Auböck had one goal: innovative design. This lamp’s base is heavy enough to allow it to tilt sideways, to have the light where needed; the lampshade automatically balances itsel...
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 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.
Carl Auböck Brass Chess Set
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Desk Accessories
Brass
Brass chess set by Viennese master designer Carl Auböck, made in Austria in the 1950s.
Carl Auböck X-Lamp Floor Lamp
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Bamboo, Paper
Carl Auböck X-lamp floor lamp. Designed in 1950, these versatile and minimalist Viennese lamps are executed in bamboo and brass with a heavy X-shaped brass base that can be balanced ...
Carl Aubock '4723' Wall Light
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights an...
Brass, Paper
Carl Aubock '4723' wall light. Executed in patinated brass with hard white paper shade. Designed in 1950, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese lamps is executed in brass with a cas...
Werkstätte Carl Auböck 'Nun' Table Lamp
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Iron, Paper
Werkstätte Carl Auböck 'Nun' table lamp. Designed in 1950, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese lamp is executed in brass with a cast iron base and sculptural hard paper shade by W...
Pair of Carl Auböck Bookends in a Patina and Po...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1960s Austrian Bookends
Brass
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in a patina and polish brass mix.  
Carl Auböck II Medium Square Wicker Table
Carl Auböck
20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Steel, Wicker, Rubber
A medium sized square table designed and made by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, Austria, circa 1950. The table's frame is made from slender steel bar which has been lacquered in black. The...
Carl Auböck Tree Trunk Table
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1940s Austrian Modern Side Tables
Brass, Walnut
A large tree trunk table designed and made by the Auböck Werkstätte, circa 1950. Carl Auböck II, responsible for the design of this series, graduated from the Bauhaus under Johannes...
Grouping of Eight Carl Auböck Brass Bookends
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Bookends
Brass
Grouping of eight Carl Auböck brass bookends. Includes one pair each of Models #3651, #3652, #3653 & #3654. Designed in the 1950s, these incredibly refined and sculptural bookends ar...
Carl Auböck Pitcher and Bamboo Stirrer
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers
Brass, Leather, Blown Glass, Bamboo
A glass pitcher with leather sleeve handle by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, 1950s. A brass handle is attached to the leather sleeve and a drink stirrer in bamboo with four circular holes ...
Carl Auböck Cutting Board and Knife Set
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware
Brass, Cane, Walnut
A carved teak cutting board and stainless steel knife set designed by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, Austria, circa 1950. The top of the board has been routed to catch the crumbs or juices...
Grouping of Six Carl Auböck Brass Bookends
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Bookends
Brass
Grouping of six Carl Auböck brass bookends. Includes one pair each of models #4635, #4636 and #4637. Designed in the 1950s, these incredibly refined and sculptural bookends are execu...
Rare Heavy Carl Auböck Silvered Salt Shaker in ...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Dining and Entertaining
Nickel
Austria, circa 1950s, signed "Auböck" and "Made in Austria". Made possibly from heavy nickel silver, silvered, perfect condition.
Carl Auböck Bottle Opener in Fish Shape
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Stainless Steel, Cane
Vienna, Austria circa 1970, stamped: "Auböck" with the "Amboss" sign and “Stainless. Made in Austria“. Stainless steel with braided cane handle. Very good condition.
Midcentury Carl Auböck Bottle Opener Made from ...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Stainless Steel, Horn
Vienna, Austria, circa 1970, stamped: "Auböck" with the "Amboss" sign and “Stainless. Made in Austria”. Stainless steel with black/grey horn handles riveted with brass rivets. Very g...
Heavy Brass Carl Auböck Bottle Opener with an "M"
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
Vienna, Austria circa 1970, polished brass, signed on the edge "Auböck" and “Made in Austria” One small cut on the handle and some patina and corrosion.
Small Carl Auböck Heavy Brass Corkscrew in a Ke...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
Hollow steel corkscrew with brass handle of the key screwed into the other part of the key. Nice patina. Vienna, Austria, circa 1965, stamped: „Auböck“.
Medium Carl Auböck Brass Corkscrew in a Key Shape
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
Steel corkscrew with brass handle of the key screwed into the other part of the key. Nice patina. Vienna, Austria, circa 1970, stamped: “Auböck”.
Carl Auböck Pitcher with Brass Handle
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers
Brass, Leather, Blown Glass
A glass pitcher with leather sleeve and brass handle by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, 1950s. The leather sleeve settles in the bottom half of the glass and is of a deep dark brown colour....
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