Carl Auböck Barware

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?

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.  
Wine Server by Carl Auböck
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!
Austrian Midcentury Horn Fish Bottle Opener by Carl Auböck
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 Bottle Opener in Fish Shape
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 Horn in Fish Shape, Vienna
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"
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 Key Shape
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
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”.
Midcentury Decorative Brass Corkscrew in Shape of a Foot by Carl Auböck, 1950s
Midcentury Decorative Brass Corkscrew in Shape ...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Steel
A humorous and well-shaped bar accessory by the infamous designer Carl Auböck who is best known for his designs of everyday objects. Made from brass and steel, some of these foot cor...
Austrian Modernist Brass Fish Cork Screw and Bo...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Leather, Steel
Rare version in brass and leather.
Austrian Modernist Fish shaped Cork Screw by Ca...
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.
Model No. 5920 Key Corkscrew by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Metal
Carl Auböck designed key shaped bottle opener and corkscrew. Model No. 5920. This example in rare and chic nickel over brass finish.    
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.
Carl Auböck Model #4224 'Hand' Brass Bottle Op...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
Carl Aubo¨ck Model #4224 'Hand' brass bottle opener. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural bottle opener is executed in polished brass. Price is per item....
Carl Auböck Model #4363 Walnut Board
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Platters and S...
Steel, Cane
Carl Auböck model #4363 walnut board. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural serving or cutting board is executed in beautifully grained walnut and leather. ...
Carl Auböck Walnut Board and Cheese Knife
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Platters and S...
Steel, Cane
Carl Auböck walnut board and cheese knife. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural set includes one model #4363 serving or cutting board executed in beautifully...
Wine Decanter by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Barware
Stainless Steel
Minimalist wine decanter 1956 by Carl Auböck Steel, leather, glass Very good condition with minor traces of usage. Literature: Clemens Kois; Carl Auböck - The Workshop, power...
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.
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".
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 Signed Large 1950s Carl Auböck Cast Brass ...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Barware
Rare 1940s-1950s signed cast brass Carl Auböck brass button bottle opener.
Auböck Rooster Bottle Stopper, circa 1950s
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
Auböck rooster bottle stopper, circa 1950s This beautiful bottle stopper is in excellent original condition Marked on the bottom.
Rare Large and Thick Leather Serving Tray by th...
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 Shoe Horn
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Leather
A vintage leather and brass shoe horn designed and made by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, circa 1950. The leather is colored in scarlet red and is in overall good condition, with minor los...
Carl Auböck Fish Shaped Bottle Opener #3
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Stainless Steel, Wood
Fish shaped bottle opener model no. 4687 Carl Auböck III, Vienna, circa 1950. The original design dating back to 1955 was produced in a series of different materials, with the body...
Corkscrew No. 4707 by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
20th Century Austrian Modern Barware
Steel, Leather
Corkscrew No. 4707 by Carl Auböck III, Vienna, circa 1950. The original design dates back to 1955 and consists of a T shaped stainless steel body having a screw at one end and two b...
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.
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 Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Bamboo
Carl AUBOCK - Corkscrew "Skull"
Rare Pre War Solid Brass Auböck Leaf Ashtray, V...
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 wor...
Carl Aubock Corkscrew Hand Ii
Carl Auböck
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Wood
Carl AUBOCK - Corkscrew "Hand" II
Carl Auböck Bottle Opener Model 4687, 1950s
Carl Auböck, Amboss Austria
Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Barware
Stainless Steel, Rosewood
Carl Auböck bottle opener model 4687 manufactured by Amboss Werke in the 1950s in Austria. Very rare fish shaped stainless-steel bottle opener. With brass rivets attached elegant ros...
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 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 Neptune Fish Bottle Opener in Brown...
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Barware
Carl Auböck Neptune fish bottle opener in brown leather Designed in 1955 and hand-crafted in Austria Finesse Werkstätte, stainless steel, with brown leather The size is 24....
Carl Auböck Midcentury Vase Decanter Tuberkulin...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Leather, Glass
A beautiful Austrian modernist flower vase or wine decanter designed and executed by Carl Auböck in the 1950s. Made of glass with nice black leather top. In very good condition. Meas...
Collectors Set of All 3 Heavy Brass Key Corkscr...
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...
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.

Carl Aubock style Fish

By Carl Auböck
Carl Aubock style Fish
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Stainless Steel, Teak
Carl Aubock style. Bottle opener as a fish. With stainless steel and wood. The original version is published in the book Carl Auböck, the workshop, Clemens Kois.
Brass and Wicker Wine Server, Carl Auböck, Aust...
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.
Bar Set Carl Aubock Brass Coin Bottle Opener an...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
A beautiful "Emperor Carl VI" coin bottle opener and bottle stopper, designed and executed by Carl Aubock in the 1950s. In very condition with marginal patina.
Wood Nutcracker Designed by Carl Auböck III
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
This nutcracker by Carl Auböck III by is a simply elegant design. The wooden sides feel very nice in hand, and the ebony and maple contrast and complement each other. The springy hi...
Pitcher with Four Glasses and a Bamboo Muddler
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Barware
Leather, Glass
Set of pitcher with four Glasses and a bamboo muddler Handblown glass, leather sleeves (with a leather handle on the pitcher), bamboo muddler Great condition with nice patinated le...
Carl Auböck Key Corkscrew #3
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass, Steel
Large key corkscrew by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, circa 1950. Made in cast brass with the corkscrew in steel, the key is covered by a uniform and warm patina. In overall very good co...
Carl Auböck ii Vintage Sculptural Brass Spoon #...
Carl Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
A sculptural solid cast-brass spoon, model number 4565, designed and made by Carl Auböck, Vienna. The lines and weight of this piece make it a delight to both look at and use. The s...
Carl Auböck Midcentury Brass Nut Cracker, Austr...
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Brass
A beautiful modernist nut cracker, made of brass, designed and executed by Carl Auböck in the 1950s.
Coaster Set by Carl Aubock
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Horn, Leather
A coaster set crafted of horn and housed in a fine hand stitched case of natural leather.
Brass Bottle Opener by Carl Aubock
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Brass
A finely modeled and well-patinated brass bottle opener having a flattened end enabling it to stand.
Bottle Opener in Key Design by Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Metal
Bottle opener in key design by Auböck Original condition.
Bottle Opener in Key Design by Auböck
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Metal
Bottle opener in key design by Auböck Original condition.
Brass and Wicker Wine Server, Carl Auböck, Aust...
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.
Carl Auböck Large Brass Key Cork Screw, Bottle ...
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 con...
Carl Auböck Walnut and Brass Bottle Stopper, Au...
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
Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Barware
Steel, Brass
Corkscrew by Carl Auböck brass foot with a bamboo part to cover the steel spindle marked with the Auböck logo.
Carl Auböck Ice Bowl and Pincer by Carl Auböck ...
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 Glas...
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers
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 ...
1950s Wicker Wrapped Glass Punch Bowl Set by Ca...
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.
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 ...
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