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?

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Brass and Wicker Wine Server, Carl Auböck, Austria...
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Wicker
Smart and venerable, the unmistakable styling of Carl Auböck, a brass wine server with a woven wicker handle.
Bottle Opener in Key Design by Auböck
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Bottle Opener in Key Design by Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Metal, Brass
Bottle opener in key design by Auböck Original condition.
Bottle Opener in Key Design by Auböck
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Bottle Opener in Key Design by Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Metal, Brass
Bottle opener in key design by Auböck Original condition.
Carl Auböck Large Brass Key Cork Screw, Bottle Opener, Rare Model, Austria
Carl Auböck Large Brass Key Cork Screw, Bottle Ope...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
A beautiful Mid-Century cork screw and bottle opener in the shape of a key. A rare and large model, made of solid brass. Designed an executed by Carl Auböck in the 1950s. In good condit...
Carl Auböck Walnut and Brass Bottle Stopper, Austria, 1950s
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck Walnut and Brass Bottle Stopper, Austr...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Wood, Walnut
A beautiful bottle stopper, made of walnut and brass, designed and executed by Carl Auböck in the 1950s. In very good condition.
Bottle Opener By Carl Auböck
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Bottle Opener By Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Barware
Steel, Bamboo, Brass
Corkscrew by Carl Auböck brass foot with a bamboo part to cover the steel spindle marked with the Auböck logo.
Austrian Carl Auböck Brass Hand Sculptural Corkscrew
Austrian Carl Auböck Brass Hand Sculptural Corkscr...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Steel
This Austrian marked solid brass hand corkscrew is so sculptural and a great conversation piece ...What a fantastic corkscrew and what a great gift this makes for the holidays! It is ma...
Carl Auböck Ice Bowl and Pincer by Carl Auböck Wor...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Copper, Leather
Rare ice bowl and pincer designed by Carl Auböck. Produced by Carl Auböck workshop in Austria.
1960s Carl Aubock Brass and Leather Collar Glass P...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Leather, Blown Glass
Glass pitcher with removable leather collar and solid brass handle. Signature piece from the Aubock collection manufactured in Vienna Austria workshop in the 1960s.  The leather col...
1950s Wicker Wrapped Glass Punch Bowl Set by Carl ...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Wicker, Blown Glass
Whimsical punch bowl set in wicker wrapped glass by Carl Auböck, Austria, circa 1955. Set features tall punch bowl, ladle, twelve cups and one serving item.
Rare Large and Thick Leather Serving Tray by the A...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Leather
Excellent patina with tight binding - please compare "The works of the Carl Aubock workshop pictured 1948-2005" IV/15 Nr. 5373. A rare find.
Carl Auböck II Vintage 1950s Wine Pourer or Bottle...
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Leather
Vintage bottle holder in brass wire and leather designed and made by the Auböck workshop, circa 1950. Designed to lead the sediment of a bottle of wine to settle to the bottom. A unifo...
Carl Auböck, 1960s 'Love' Bottle Opener
Carl Auböck
20th Century Austrian Modern Barware
Vintage bottle older designed by Carl Auböck III, Vienna, circa 1960. Made in copper, bears 'Love' inscribed in a font typical of 1960s. A uniform patina covers the brass surface. In...
Carl Auböck Bottle Holder, Model 3601
Carl Auböck Bottle Holder, Model 3601
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Cane
Carl Auböck bottle holder, Austria, 1950s. Measures: 9.5 w x 4 d x 8.5 h in. Brass, caning.
1950s Carl Auböck Glass Pitcher with Cane Wrapped ...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Modern Barware
Cane, Glass
Modern Carl Auböck glass pitcher with caned wrapped handle, circa 1950s. 3" top diameter.
Carl Auböck Key Corkscrew #2
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck Key Corkscrew #2
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Steel
Key shaped corkscrew designed and made by Carl Auböck in Vienna, 1950s. The cast brass key opens up to reveal the steel screw; the bit is shaped to open beer bottles. Very light in wei...
Brass and Wicker Wine Server, Carl Auböck, Austria...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Wicker
Smart and venerable, the unmistakable styling of Carl Auböck, a brass wine server with a woven wicker handle. Measurements: 9" long x 4" wide x 7 3/4" high.
Collectors Set of All 3 Heavy Brass Key Corkscrew ...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
A truly unique chance to acquire all three sizes of the well-known Auböck key opener. dimensions are: small: 8,8 x 1,1 x 5 cm / 3.5 x 0.4 x 1.9'' medium: 12 x 7,1 x 1,8 cm / 4.7 ...
Extra Large Carl Auböck Brass Key Cork Screw, Bottle Opener, Austria, 1950s
Extra Large Carl Auböck Brass Key Cork Screw, Bott...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
A beautiful Mid-Century cork screw or bottle opener in the shape of a big key, this is the biggest model available, which is 6" long. Designed and manufactured in the 1950s by Carl Aubo...
Bottle Opener by Auböck, 1950s
Bottle Opener by Auböck, 1950s
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
Bottle opener by Auböck, 1950s Very good original condition.     
Carl Auböck II Vintage Brass and Cane Nutcrackers...
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Cane
A vintage pair of nutcrackers designed and made by Carl Auböck II in Vienna, circa 1950. The handles of the nutcrackers are two solid, sand cast, pieces of brass pinned together at the...
Bottle Opener Neptune by Carl Auböck, 1950s
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Bottle Opener Neptune by Carl Auböck, 1950s
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Stainless Steel, Leather
Fun and functional fish-shaped bottle opener 'Neptune' from the Viennese Werkstätte Auböck. Stainless steel wrapped in bridle leather. Note that at 24cm long it's bigger than the photos...
Carl Aubock Corkscrew Hand Ii
Carl Aubock Corkscrew Hand Ii
Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Wood
Carl AUBOCK - Corkscrew "Hand" II
Carl Aubock Corkscrew - Key
Carl Aubock Corkscrew - Key
Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
Original Auböck corkscrew in the shape of a key. The lower end can be used to open crown caps, whereas the screw inside the key is for opening regular corks.
Carl Aubock Corkscrew Skull
Carl Aubock Corkscrew Skull
Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Bamboo
Carl AUBOCK - Corkscrew "Skull"
Rare Pre War Solid Brass Auböck Leaf Ashtray, Vienna, 1930s
Rare Pre War Solid Brass Auböck Leaf Ashtray, Vien...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1930s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
True collectors find: an unfortunately unmarked but absolutely rare pre war leaf ashtray by the infamous Viennese Auböck workshop. Please compare to: the catalog of the Aubock worksh...
Carl Aubock Bottle Opener
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
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.
Foot Shaped Corkscrew by Carl Auböck
Foot Shaped Corkscrew by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s American Barware
Brass
This Mid-Century Modern corkscrew in the shape of a foot was handmade in solid cast brass by the masterful Viennese designer Carl Auböck (1900-57). It is stamped on the sole of the fo...
Carl Aubock Bottle Opener
Carl Aubock Bottle Opener
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1960s Modern Barware
Very good used condition. Nice patina.
Carl Auböck Fish Shaped Bottle Opener #2
By Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck Fish Shaped Bottle Opener #2
Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Danish Modern Barware
Stainless Steel, Leather
A fish shaped bottle opener designed by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, circa 1950. The stainless-steel core of the opener runs the full length of the body is sandwiched between two natural p...
Carl Auböck Leather Pitcher, Six Glasses and Bambo...
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.          
Big Carl Auböck Extra Large Brass Key Cork Screw, Bottle Opener, Austria, 1950s
Big Carl Auböck Extra Large Brass Key Cork Screw, ...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
Two beautiful Mid-Century cork screws / bottle openers in the shape of a key, these are the biggest models available, which are 6" long. Designed and manufactured by Carl AUbock, Austri...
Auböck Bottle Opener Shows Maria Theresia
Auböck Bottle Opener Shows Maria Theresia
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
Auböck bottle opener shows Maria Theresia designed and executed by Carl Auböck in the 1950s Original condition.            
Austrian Midcentury Horn Fish Bottle Opener by Carl Auböck
Austrian Midcentury Horn Fish Bottle Opener by Car...
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 Ice Scoop
By Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck Ice Scoop
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Modern Barware
Brass
Vintage ice scoop in solid brass by in the Auböck Werkstätte, Vienna, circa 1950. The finish changes from patinated - on the bottom and inside the scoop - to polished on the profiles. I...
Carl Auböck II Vintage 1950s Wine Pourer or Bottle...
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Cane
A sculptural bottle holder in solid brass wire and cane designed and made by Carl Auböck II, circa 1950. This device is intended to hold a bottle of wine in a way that helps the wine ae...
Carl Auböck Mid-Century Bamboo and Brass Wine Bottle Holder
Carl Auböck Mid-Century Bamboo and Brass Wine Bott...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Bamboo
Model 3601, manufactured by the infamous Auböck workshop in Vienna, circa 1950, made of brass and bamboo.
Carl Auböck Nutcracker
Carl Auböck Nutcracker
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Modern Barware
Brass, Leather
Sculptural cast brass nutcracker by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, 1950s. The handle is covered by a dark brown leather, the brass bears the stamp 'Auböck Made in Austria' on the inside. I...
Carl Auböck II Vintage 1950s Corkscrew and Straw H...
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Walnut
A sculptured solid walnut object for holding straws or bread sticks which also houses a solid brass corkscrew. Designed and made by Carl Auböck II in Vienna, Austria, circa 1950. The co...
Carl Auböck II Brass and Cane 1950s Nut Cracker
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Cane
A vintage pair of nut crackers designed and made by Carl Auböck II in Vienna, circa 1950. The handles of the nutcrackers are two solid, sand cast, pieces of brass pinned together at th...
Carl Aubock Big Brass Key Cork Screw, Bottle Opener, Austria, 1950s
Carl Aubock Big Brass Key Cork Screw, Bottle Opene...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
A beautiful Mid-Century cork screw or bottle opener in the shape of a key, designed and executed by Carl Aubock, Austria, 1950s. We offer also the extra large model in our other listing...
Carl Auböck Fish Mid-Century Leather Bottle Opener by Amboss, Austria, 1960s
Carl Auböck Fish Mid-Century Leather Bottle Opener...
Carl Auböck, Amboss Austria
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Leather, Stainless Steel
A beautiful fish-shaped modernist bottle opener from the 1960s, made of stainless steel, covered with brown leather. Designed by Carl Auböck. Executed by Amboss Austria. In very good co...
Carl Auböck Nutcracker with Leather Handles, 1950s
Carl Auböck Nutcracker with Leather Handles, 1950s...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Leather
Carl Auböck nutcracker with leather handles, 1950s. Original condition.
Carl Auböck Nutcracker
Carl Auböck Nutcracker
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1930s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Metal, Wood
Carl Auböck nutcracker.
Austrian Modernist Cork Screw by Carl Auböck
Austrian Modernist Cork Screw by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Stainless Steel, Leather
Stainless steel and black leather fish shaped cork screw and bottle opener by Carl Auböck, signed.
Corkscrew by Carl Auböck
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Corkscrew by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1960s Austrian Barware
Horn, Stainless Steel
Fish shaped corkscrew by Carl Auböck. Stainless steel and Horn. Marked: Amboss Logo, AUBÖCK, STAINLESS, AUSTRIA.
Large Leather Fish Opener by Carl Auböck Designed in 1950s
Large Leather Fish Opener by Carl Auböck Designed...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Barware
Stainless Steel, Leather
Large leather fish opener by Carl Auböck designed in 1950s. Marked stainless Austria, in nice vintage condition with a few marks and notches.
Carl Auböck Corkscrew
By Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck Corkscrew
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
An early cast brass corkscrew designed and made by Carl Auböck II in Vienna, Austria, circa 1950. The corkscrew'S form was achieved in one casting, the screw and handle are a continuous...
Carl Auböck Fish Mid-Century Bottle Opener in Leather by Amboss Austria, 1960s
Carl Auböck Fish Mid-Century Bottle Opener in Leat...
Carl Auböck, Amboss Austria
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Leather, Stainless Steel
A beautiful fish-shaped bottle opener, made of stainless steel, covered with dark-brown leather. Designed by Carl Auböck, Vienna. Executed in the 1960 by Amboss, Austria. In good condit...
Large Marked Mint Auböck Bottle Opener with Hidden Corkscrew
Large Marked Mint Auböck Bottle Opener with Hidde...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
The barware Classic from Carl Auböck. The oversized dimensions and the typical metaphors design are a perfect example for the humor the workshop is so famous for. The marked key is ...
Carl Auböck Corkscrew and Straws Holder
Carl Auböck
20th Century Austrian Modern Barware
Brass, Walnut
Corkscrew and straws holder by the Auböck Werkstätte dating back to the 1950s. Made of walnut wood and the corkscrew in polished brass. The latter bears the Auböck stamp engraved; the o...
Carl Auböck Coin Bottle Stopper
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Modern Barware
Brass, Cork
Vintage coin bottle stopper made by the Auböck Werkstätte in the 1950s. In cast brass, it bears the Auböck stamp on the coin. In very good condition.
Big Carl Aubock Brass Coin Cork Screw, Bottle Opener, Austria, 1950s
Big Carl Aubock Brass Coin Cork Screw, Bottle Open...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
A beautiful "Prince Albert" coin cork screw, designed and executed by Carl Aubock, Austria, 1950s. In very good condition.
Two Rare Auboeck Brass Bottle Decanter Holders
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Two Rare Auboeck Brass Bottle Decanter Holders
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
Brass wire frame with bast fibre.
Rare Auböck Leather Covered Bottler Opener
By Carl Auböck, Amboss Austria
Rare Auböck Leather Covered Bottler Opener
Carl Auböck, Amboss Austria
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Leather, Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel with leather-covered handle, Signed “Auböck” and stamped “stainless made for Amboss Austria
Carl Aubock Brass Maria Theresia Coin Bottle Opener, Austria, 1950s
Carl Aubock Brass Maria Theresia Coin Bottle Opene...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
A beautiful brass coin bottle opener, designed and executed by Carl Aubock in the 1950s. In good condition with nice patina.
Carl Aubock Cork Bottle Stopper, Horn, Leather, Austria, 1950s
Carl Aubock Cork Bottle Stopper, Horn, Leather, Au...
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 Aubock, Vienna. In very good condition.
Carl Aubock Big Brass Key Cork Screw, Bottle Opener, Austria, 1950s
Carl Aubock Big Brass Key Cork Screw, Bottle Opene...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
A beautiful cork screw in the shape of a key, designed and executed by Carl Aubock, Austria, 1950s. The big model. A Carl Aubock classic in good condition with nice patina.