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Karl Hagenauer

Austrian, 1898-1956
Austrian, 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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Creator: Karl Hagenauer
Austrian Midcentury Brass and Red Lacquered Metal Table Lamp by Hagenauer Vienna
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare and very charming Austrian Mid-Century Modern brass table or desk lamp designed by Karl Hagenauer ca 1955 and produced by Werkstätte Hagenauer Vienna. It features a sculptural ...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Aluminum, Iron, Brass

Silver Plated Art Deco Vase by Karl Hagenauer, Made in Germany, 1938-1945
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare silver plated Art Deco vase by Karl Hagenauer with natural patina, made in Germany 1938-1945. The vase is in perfect condition, the reflections somewhat distort the actual a...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Karl Hagenauer

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Silver Plate, Brass

Hagenauer Mid-Century Modern Ashtray, Austria, 1950s
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in Vienna, AT
Hagenauer Mid-Century Modern ashtray, Austria 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Austrian Midcentury Walnut and Brass Antilope Sculpture by Hagenauer Vienna
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Amazing iconic brass Antilope animal sculpture designed by Karl Hagenauer and manufactured by Werkstätte Hagenauer Vienna in the 1950s, Mod. no. 9818, marked on the underside Hagenau...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

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 Austrian Art Deco Carved Wood & Bronze Panther Head
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in New York, NY
Hagenauer Austrian Art Deco hand carved stylized wood tiger head with nickeled bronze teeth, tongue and base element, marked 'Austria' on side.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Deco Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze

Pair of English Gec Art Deco Chrome, Bakelite & Hagenauer Figure Candlesticks
By Karl Hagenauer, General Electric Company (GEC) 1
Located in Port Hope, ON
This magnificent pair of chrome and enameled English Art Deco candlesticks are part of a collection of designs for England's General Electric Company (GEC) each featuring a stylized ...
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1930s English Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze, Chrome

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

Art Deco Candelabra with Elephants by Karl Hagenauer, Vienna 1930s
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Early Candelabra with two elephants, designed by Karl Hagenauer in the 1920s. This object is very rare and is made of nickel-plated brass. Not stamped, but comes with authenticity ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Deco Karl Hagenauer

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Metal, Brass

1920's Bronze Bust of a Woman by Karl Hagenauer
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Forest Row, East Sussex
A small bust of a woman by Karl Hagenauer (1898-1956) for Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien. Solid bronze with original hoop necklace. Hagennauer markings and 'made in vienna Austria' markin...
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze

Franz Hagenauer Wooden Canoe with 4 Standing African Paddlers
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
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

Austrian Midcentury African Warrior Bronze and Brass Sculpture by Hagenauer
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
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

Karl Hagenauer for Rena Rosenthal Art Deco Side Table
By Rena Rosenthal, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Miami, FL
Karl Hagenauer for Rena Rosenthal Art Deco side table Offered for sale is a 1930s occasional table by Karl Hagenauer for Rena Rosenthal. The table is brass plated wrought iron wit...
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass, Wrought Iron

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

Flat Bowl, Brass, Karl Hagenauer Vienna, Austria
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
A little flat bowl standing on four feet. Designed and manufactured by Karl Hagenauer Vienna.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Austrian Art Deco Brass Horse Sculpture by Werkstätte Hagenauer, Vienna
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in Vienna, AT
Amazing iconic polished brass Horse sculpture designed by Karl Hagenauer and manufactured by Werkstätte Hagenauer Vienna in the 1950s, marked on the underside of one leg Hagenauer Wi...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

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 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

Stylized Art Deco Standing Sculpture of Jesus Christ by Karl Hagenauer
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in San Diego, CA
Stylized Art Deco standing sculpture of Jesus Christ (may be influenced by Christ the Redeemer "Cristo" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) by Austrian designer and artist Karl Hagenauer, cir...
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20th Century Austrian Art Deco Karl Hagenauer

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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

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

Brass Candlestick Karl Hagenauer Vienna circa 1930 Austrian Art Jugendstil
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Candlestick with fable creature designed by Karl Hagenauer manufactured by Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien ca. 1930 brass marked cast polished Austrian Jugendstil As the pupil of Josef ...
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1930s Austrian Jugendstil Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Karl Hagenauer Hand-Hammered Footed Copper and Brass Bowl
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Karl Hagenauer footed copper and brass bowl. Signed bottom Werkstatten Hagenauer Wien, made in Austria, Karl. Dates to the 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass, Copper

Hagenauer Solid Bronze Figure Angel 1930/50
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Heavy solid bronze angel figure by Hagenauer 1930/50.  
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze

1920s Karl Hagenauer Weiner Werkstatte Wien Nickel Brass Glass Ceiling Lamp
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Brescia, IT
Rare and gourgeus ceiling lamp by Karl Hagenauer Wien, 1925 Nickel plated brass frame Glass Shade (diameter 15 cm) Excellent condiction Perfect working order.
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass, Nickel

Hagenauer Mid-Century Modern Brass Decorative Tray, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Hagenauer Mid-Century Modern brass decorative tray, Austria 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

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 15.5" Bronze Spear Carrier 1930's
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Sharon, CT
A very large ( 15 1/2" to top of spear ) and rare Deco Period Hagenauer Bronze of an African Spear Carrier.
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze

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

Hagenauer Brass Candleholder, Austria, 1940s
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
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

Austrian Art Deco Brass Hand Mirror by Werkstätte Hagenauer, Vienna
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Amazing polished brass hand mirror manufactured by Werkstätte Hagenauer Vienna in the 1930s, marked on the underside Hagenauer Wien, WHW. Very nice original condition. A Must Have f...
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Stylish Karl Hagenauer 50's Serving Plate Made in Vienna Austria
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Vienna, AT
Very Elegant, Fully marked ( Werkstätten Hagenauer Wien, WHW in a circle, Made in Austria and KARL), serving plate. Good old patina. Shows only slight signs of use to surface. Enhanc...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Hagenauer Patinated Bronze Stylized African Warrior Sculpture
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This cast and patinated bronze sculpture was done by the highly renowned Karl Hagenaur studio of Austria in approximately 1950 in the period Mid-Century Modern style. The sculpture d...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer

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Bronze

Karl Hagenauer Watering Can Copper & Brass, Vienna 1950s
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Basel, BS
Karl Hagenauer watering can for his own workshop in Vienna, in the 1950s. Hand-made of copper and brass, patinated over the years. Oxidation spot on one side. Measures: Width: ...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Brass, Copper

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

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

Small Art Deco Brass Cat Box Karl Hagenauer, Brass, Austria
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Brussels, BE
Small Art Deco brass cat box Karl hagenauer, Brass, Austria.   
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Deco Karl Hagenauer

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Brass

Cast Metal Art Deco Table by Hagenauer for Rena Rosenthal
By Karl Hagenauer, Rena Rosenthal
Located in New York, NY
Rare and sought after Art Deco table made by Hagenauer for Rena Rosenthal. This classic table features stylized female figures on horses amid foliate as the top surface, on three dra...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Deco Karl Hagenauer

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Iron

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

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

Austrian Midcentury African Warrior Bronze and Brass Sculpture by Hagenauer
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
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

Austrian Midcentury African Warrior Bronze and Brass Sculpture by Hagenauer
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
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

Werkstätte Hagenauer Brass Coaster Stand with Colorful Coasters, Austria, 1950s
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
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

Mid-Century Flamingo Table Lamp by Karl Hagenauer
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Hamburg, DE
Flamingo table lamp designed by Karl Hagenauer for Hagenauer from the 1940s Karl Hagenauer designed this wonderful lamp for his Hagenauer workshops. The reduced design makes the lamp...
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1940s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer

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Metal, Brass, Steel

Mahogany Bird with Bronze Inlay by Karl Hagenauer for Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
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

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 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

Side Table by Julius Jirasek for Hagenauer Wien
By Julius Jirasek, Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
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

Brass Bell by Karl Hagenauer for Werkstatte Hagenauer
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Rare brass-plated modernist dinner bell by Karl Hagenauer for Werkstatte Hagenauer with lovely patina. Marked "WHW Austria" on bell clapper. Designer: Karl Hagenauer Manufactur...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer

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Brass, Steel

Karl Hagenauer furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Karl Hagenauer furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Karl Hagenauer collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 46 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Karl Hagenauer was created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Bruno Zach, Franz Hagenauer and Stefan Dakon. The prices for Karl Hagenauer furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $450 and tops out at $22,000, while pieces like these can sell for $1,842.

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