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Carl Auböck Home Accents

Carl Auböck (Austria, 1900–57)
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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Carl Auböck Model #3651 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, 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 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4100 Patinated Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, 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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3652 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4636 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4842 Patinated Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3653 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4637 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3847 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #1937 'Bamboo' Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte 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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3846 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Grouping of Eight Carl Auböck Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3530 'Flatiron' Patinated Brass and Cane Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, 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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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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. Price is for the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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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

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Brass, Brass

Grouping of Six Carl Auböck Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4635 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4630 Large Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck 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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3654 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #3848 Brass Bookends
By Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Midcentury Brass and Horn Bookends Made in Austria by Auböck
By Carl Auböck
Located in Wichita, KS
Auböck bookends, horn and brass, signed. Handcrafted bookends with natural horn mounted on polished brass. Signed with impressed marks on the back (upper left): Auböck made in Austri...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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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 horn mounted on polished brass. Both are signed with impressed marks on the backs (upper left): Aubö...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Vintage Pair of Carl Auböck Bronze and Leather Bookends
By Carl Auböck
Located in Hudson, NY
Nice vintage pair of solid bronze biomorphic bookends with hand-stitched leather sleeves. Stamped "Aubock Bronze" to each example.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Bronze

Carl Auböck II Pair of Rare and Extraordinary Bookends 'Mod 5672' Austria 1950s
By Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II Pair of Rare and Extraordinary Bookends Model '5672', Austria 1950s. Signed: Auböck
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Bookends # 3652
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in polished brass.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Carl Auböck Bookends #4630
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in a patina and polish brass mix.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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

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

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Brass

Carl Auböck Bookends #3847
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Classis pair of Carl Auböck bookend in a patina and polish brass mix.   
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Bookends in Polished Brass and Coiled with Cane
By Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in polished brass and coiled with cane.
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1960s Austrian Vintage Carl Auböck Home Accents

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Brass