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Karl Hagenauer

Karl Hagenauer (Austria, 1898–1956)
Karl Hagenauer (Austria, 1898–1956)

Karl Hagenauer was an important and popular figure in the decorative arts in Vienna in the decades bracketing the Second World War. While primarily a maker of sculptural decorative pieces, Hagenauer — in the same spirit as his peer Carl Auböck— created a wide array of household objects, from barware to office accessories, all designed with wit and a sleek modernist aesthetic.


Hagenauer’s father was a trained metalsmith who founded a bronzewares manufactory that produced decorative metalwork and housewares in both traditional and the then-novel Art Nouveau styles and cast small sculptures based on Old Masters paintings. After studying art and design at Vienna’s School of Applied Arts, where his teachers included architect Josef Hoffmann, a founder of the Wiener Werkstätte, he joined his father’s workshop in 1919 and began crafting items that reflected Hoffman’s modernist aesthetic. In the 1920s and ’30s, he developed an often-imitated style that combines the lithe, lissome lines of Art Nouveau (known in central Europe as Jugendstil) with the simple, unadorned forms of Art Deco. He worked primarily in brass — both polished and nickel-plated — as well as wood. 


In addition to domestic items such as smoking accoutrements, teapots, trays, bowls, candleholders and tableware, Hagenauer produced a wide array of small-scale sculptures. (His younger brother, Franz— who took over the family business when their father died — was also a noted sculptor, with a style that could be described as Art-Deco-meets-Brancusi.) Karl’s sculptures fall into two main groups: humorous and whimsical animal and character figures that will remind many of the work of artist Tom Otterness and sleek, stylized animal and human forms, many with an African theme — an “exotic” connotation that was a 20th-century remnant of colonialism. As you will see from the items on offer, Karl Hagenauer was an artist-designer of great talent and many moods: affable, stylish and practical.


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Karl Hagenauer Mirror for Werkstate Hagenauer
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in San Francisco, CA
Cast brass mirror, circa 1925 - for Werkstate Hagenauer a wall mirror, designed by Karl Hagenauer for the Werkstätte Hagenauer, Vienna, 1924/25, cast brass, marked: HAGENAUER/WIEN WH...
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1920s Austrian Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Karl Hagenauer Bronze & Copper African Female Dancer Model 9151, Austria 1940s
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Hagenauer was an Austrian designer best known for his Art Deco sculptures. Often inspired by African art, Hagenauer was influenced by North African masks and figurines. Today, h...
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1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze, Copper

Wonderful Hagenauer Silver Donkey Box
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Munich, DE
Wooden bow with silver donkey handle.
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Deco Antique Karl Hagenauer

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Silver

Franz Hagenauer Wooden Canoe with 4 Standing African Paddlers
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in St. Louis, MO
Karl Hagenauer sculpted wooden canoe with four bronze standing African paddlers with black patina, having bronze headdresses and bronze paddles. Bottom has stamped Handmade Hagenauer...
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1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze

Seldom Seen Art Deco Occasional Table by Hagenauer for Rena Rosenthal
By Rena Rosenthal, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Buffalo, NY
This lovely table was cast with incredible detail and is stamped RWR for Rena Rosenthal Werkstatt. She often commissioned Hagenauer to make pieces for her, which is well documented.,...
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Metal, Iron

Karl Hagenauer "Flamingo" Floor Lamp
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in San Francisco, CA
A brass floor lamp by Karl Hagenauer. Three joints allow for adjustable shape and direction. Patinated cast metal foot, brass tube, perforated metal shade, and white lacquered interior.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass, Metal

Mahogany Bird with Bronze Inlay by Karl Hagenauer for Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Denver, CO
A rare inlaid mahogany and bronze bird sculpture by Karl Hagenauer for Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien. "Hagenauer Wien, Made in Austria WHW" stamped on the base.  
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Black Brass Umbrella Stand Karl Hagenauer 1950 Vienna
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
A Mid-Century Modern vintage black brass umbrella stand, which was designed and manufactured by Karl Hagenauer for Workshop Hagenauer, 1950s, Austria. The umbrella stand was made o...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer

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Brass, Iron

Austrian Midcentury Brass Giraffe Sculpture by Karl Hagenauer Vienna
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Amazing iconic brass animal sculpture designed by Karl Hagenauer and manufactured by Werkstätte Hagenauer Vienna in the 1930s, marked on the underside of its legs Hagenauer Wien, WHW...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Two-Tiered Werkstätte Hagenauer Coffee Table by Julius Jirasek, Austria, 1930s
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer, Julius Jirasek
Located in Vienna, AT
An elegant Austrian coffee or side table from the 1930s. Designed in 1932 by Julius Jirasek for Werkstätte Karl Hagenauer. This table has a clear glass top and a woven cane storage c...
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1930s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Rattan, Glass, Wood, Cane

Karl Hagenauer Table Lamps, Vienna, 1930s
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in San Francisco, CA
A table lamp made of cast brass, leg embossed Hagenauer Wien, WHW, made in Vienna, Austria.
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1930s Austrian Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Karl Hagenauer Brass and Black Metal Bowls or Sculptures Vintage Set of Four
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in North Miami, FL
This lovely set by Karl Hagenauer four low bowls, dishes or sculptures definitely have a fish motiff. They have black metal over brass surrounded by polished brass. They are small bu...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass, Metal

Karl Hagenauer Table Lamp
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in New York, NY
Unique studio made table lamp by Karl Hagenauer. Incredible hand worked base with hand-repoussé figures and shapes throughout. An outstanding example of the studio work of Hagenauer...
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer

Art Deco Hagenauer Wien Figural Sculpture, Diana with Greyhounds
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
This dynamic sculpture was designed by Austrian sculptor Karl Hagenauer, known for his iconic Art Deco decorative objects and furniture designs. This piece is composed of nickel-plat...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Art Deco Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze

Hagenauer Brass Candleholder, Austria, 1940s
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful Austrian two-arm brass candleholder, designed and executed by Karl Hagenauer of Werkstatte Hagenauer in the 1940s. Very good condition, marked on its bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Karl Hagenauer Art Deco Woman on Horse Statue
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Oakland, CA
Karl Hagenauer Art Deco Woman on horse bronze brass statue. Beautiful form showing stylized horse and woman in the dynamic pose with horse rearing up on back its letgs as the woman i...
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass, Bronze

Austrian, 20th Century, Hagenauer Brass and Metal, Locomotive, in Black
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in Vienna, AT
A rare model of a locomotive, handmade of metal and brass by Werkstatt Hagenauer Vienna in the 1920s. Marked on its bottom WHW, Hagenauer Wien, made in Austria, handmade. Very nice p...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Hagenauer Figure, Dutch Accordian Player in Walnut and Brass, circa 1930s
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Karl Hagenauer (1898-1956) walnut and pewter toned brass figure. Dutch Musician wearing clogs playing the accordion. Measures: 6 1/4" H x 1 3/4" L x 3 1/2" W. Base: 2 3/4"D. Mark...
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Early 20th Century Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Art Deco Hagenauer Vienna Hand Mirror Brass Nickel-Plated, made circa 1930
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Finest Art Deco Hagenauer Vienna hand mirror. The appearance of mirror's handhold is strongly influenced by designs once created in so-said Wiener Werkstaette, exceedingly by the pa...
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Karl Hagenauer Mid-Century Brass Umbrella Stand, Austria, 1950s
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful modernist umbrella stand from the 1950s made of brass and a base made of cast iron. Designed and executed Atelier Hagenauer, Vienna, Austria. In very good condition with ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer

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Brass, Iron

Table Mirror Kneeling Nude Werkstatte Hagenauer Wien Late 1920s Marked
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
In 1920s the Hagenauer siblings Karl and Franz began to design and craft strongly reduced figurines in their Viennese workshop. Today this sculptures count towards the beginning of t...
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Table Mirror "Kneeling Men" Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien Late 1920s Marked
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
In 1920s the Hagenauer siblings Karl and Franz began to design and craft strongly reduced figurines in their Viennese workshop. Today this sculptures count towards the beginning of t...
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Austrian Midcentury African Warrior Bronze and Brass Sculpture by Hagenauer
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Austrian midcentury African warrior bronze and brass sculpture by Hagenauer.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze

Karl Hagenauer Figural Dish
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Karl Hagenauer Wiener Werkstätte large hand-hammered form, signed with impressed monogram and stamped. Form measures 22" wide, 4" deep and 6.5" high.
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1920s Austrian Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Silver Plate

Austrian Midcentury African Warrior Bronze and Brass Sculpture by Hagenauer
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Amazing iconic African warrior sculpture designed by Karl Hagenauer and manufactured by Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien during the 1950s. It is made of black patinated bronze and brass, ma...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze, Brass

Austrian Midcentury African Warrior Bronze and Brass Sculpture by Hagenauer
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Amazing iconic African warrior sculpture designed by Karl Hagenauer and manufactured by Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien during the 1950s. It is made of black patinated bronze and brass, ma...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze, Brass

Austrian Midcentury African Warrior Bronze and Brass Sculpture by Hagenauer
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Amazing iconic African Warrior sculpture designed by Karl Hagenauer and manufactured by Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien during the 1950s. It is made of black patinated bronze and brass, ma...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze, Brass

Charming Candleholder Signed Franz Hagenauer, Vienna, 1950
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Candleholder, signed Karl Hagenauer, made in Austria, Vienna, 1950. Patinated brass.  
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Karl Hagenauer Early Brooch Alpacca with Flowers and Bird, circa 1920
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Among the first designs, that were executed in Karl Hagenauer’s family workshop, was this brooch. The delicate floral elements bear a strong similarity to the designs of Dagobert Pec...
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1920s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Alpaca

Patinated Bronze Sculpture of a Deer by Hagenauer
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Pittsburgh, PA
This whimsical sculpture of a stag is from the famed Werkstatte Hagenauer Wien.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze

Side Table by Julius Jirasek for Hagenauer Wien
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Julius Jirasek, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Solid walnut construction with caned shelf and glass table top designed by Julius Jirasek for Werkstätte Karl Hagenauer, Vienna, circa 1932. Original condition. Dimension: height ...
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1930s Austrian Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Cane, Glass, Walnut

African Native Warrior Bronze Sculpture, Werkstatte Hagenauer, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful Mid-Century black-patinated bronze and brass sculpture, displaying an African native warrior with shield and spear. Designed and executed by Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Ha...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer

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Brass, Bronze

Werkstätte Hagenauer Brass Coaster Stand with Colorful Coasters, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful Mid-Century brass coaster holder with six woven coasters from the 1950s, executed by Werkstaette Hagenauer, Austria. In very good condition with marginal patina on the br...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer

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Brass