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Carl Auböck Home Accents

Austrian, 1924-1993
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?

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Creator: Carl Auböck
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 Home Accents

Materials

Brass

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 Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3652 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3652 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Produced by Car...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3848 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3848 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass. Price is for the pair. One ...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #1928 'Hands' Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #1928 'Hands' brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated brass. Price is for the p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Bookends by Carl Auböck III
By Carl Auböck
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare pair of bookends by Carl Auböck III. Nickel plated steel. 1970s.  
Category

1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Steel

Carl Auböck Model #3651 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3651 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price is per pa...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Bookends #3653
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in a patina and polish brass mix.  
Category

1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Bookends #4100 in a Patina and Polish Brass Mix
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in a patina and polish brass mix.
Category

1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3530 'Flatiron' Patinated Brass and Cane Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3530 'Flatiron' patinated brass and cane bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated brass a...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3847 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #3847 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished and patinated brass. Price is for ...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4637 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #4637 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price is for th...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Bookends # 3652
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in polished brass.
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3530 'Flatiron' Brass and Cane Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3530 'Flatiron' brass and cane bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass and handwove...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck #3530-3 Bookends, Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3530-3 Bookends in Brass and Cane, Austria. New.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #1937 'Bamboo' Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #1937 'Bamboo' bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed hand cut and polished bamboo and brass. Pri...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Large Carl Auböck Model #4101 'Melies' Patinated Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Carl Aubock Model #4101 'Melies' Patinated Brass Bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4575 Patinated Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #4575 Patinated Brass Bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated brass. Produced by Carl ...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4636 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #4636 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price is for th...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4843 Patinated Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #4842 patinated brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated brass. Price is for the p...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Bookends by Carl Auböck III
By Carl Auböck
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare pair of bookends by Carl Auböck III. Nickel plated steel. 1970s.  
Category

1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Steel

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends, Austria 1960s
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of bookends, Austria 1960s.
Category

1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4102 Bookends "Spectator", Austria, 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Pair of #4102 bookends "Spectator", Austria, 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck #3786 "Alert" Vase or Bookend, Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3786 "Alert" Vase or Bookend, Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #1928 Bookends "Hands", Austria, 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #1928 bookends "Hands", Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #3848 Bookends "Earlobes", Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #3848 bookends "Earlobes", Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4099 Bookends "Wedge", Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4099 bookends "Wedge", Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4636 Bookends "Drop", Austria, 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4636 bookends, Austria, 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #3654 Bookends, Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #3654 bookends, Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #3847 Bookends "T", Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #3847 bookends "T", Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck #3853 Vase "Double Noose", Austria, 2022
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3853 vase "Double Noose", Austria, 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass, Wire

Carl Auböck Pair of #4630 Bookends "Hook", Austria, 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4630 bookends "Hook", Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4100 Bookends "Masks", Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4100 bookends "Masks", Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4843 Bookends "Tower", Austria, 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4843 bookends "Tower", Austria, 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4637 Bookends "Cello", Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4637 bookends "Cello", Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4575-1 Bookends "Square", Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4575-1 bookends "Square", Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4635 Bookends "Drop with a Hole", Austria, 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4635 bookends "Drop with a Hole", Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4219 Bookends "Jazz Hands", Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4219 bookends "Jazz Hands", Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4101 Bookends "Melies", Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Pair of #4101 bookends "Melies", Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #3651 Bookends, Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Pair of #3651 Bookends, Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #5673 Bookends "Horn", Austria 2022
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Pair of #5673 Bookends "Horn", Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck #3846 Bookends "Rocket" in Brass, Austria
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Pair of #3846Bookends "Rocket", Austria 2022 .
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4100 Patinated Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #4100 patinated brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated brass. Price is for the p...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck #3530-2 Bookends in Polished Brass and Coiled with Cane
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of Carl Auböck #3530-2 Bookends in Polished Brass and Coiled with Cane, Austria 2022.
Category

2010s Austrian Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3846 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3846 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass. Price is for the pair. Two ...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Large Carl Auböck Model #4219 'Hands' Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Carl Auböck Model #4219 'Hands' Brass Bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass. Hand fully rotat...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Grouping of Eight Carl Auböck Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4630 Large Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Aubo¨ck model #4630 large brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass. Price is for the pai...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4635 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #4635 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price is for th...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Bookends #3848
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Classis pair of Carl Auböck bookend in a patina and polish brass mix.  
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Grouping of Six Carl Auböck Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3654 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #3654 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price is for th...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Bookends Brass Horn Model 4773, Workshop Vienna, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Basel, BS
Rare pair of Carl Auböck book ends in blackened brass & horn, model 4773 designed in 1958, manufactured at the Auböck workshop in Vienna, Austria. Both stamped „Auböck“ on the und...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Two Bookends by Carl Auböck Brass Design Vienna, Austria
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
A pair of large solid brass bookends created and manufactured by the Austrian architect and designer Carl Auböck. These outstanding objects made of solid polished and decorated brass...
Category

1980s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Auböck Bookends, Horn and Brass, Signed
By Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Auböck bookends, horn and brass, signed. Small handcrafted bookends with natural horns mounted on polished brass. Both are signed with impressed marks on the backs (upper left): "Aub...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Vintage Pair of Carl Auböck Bronze and Leather Bookends
By Carl Auböck
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Nice vintage pair of solid bronze biomorphic bookends with hand-stitched leather sleeves. Stamped "Aubock Bronze" to each example.
Category

1950s Austrian Vintage Carl Auböck Home Accents

Materials

Bronze

Carl Auböck home accents for sale on 1stDibs

Carl Auböck home accents are 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 home accents, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 13 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there are also 22 modern editions to choose from. Many original home accents by Carl Auböck were created in the mid-century modern style in Europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider home accents by and . Prices for Carl Auböck home accents can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $748 and tops out at $4,500, while pieces like these can sell for $796 on average.

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