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Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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
Karl Hagenauer (wHw) 1920s Wiener Werkstätte Bronze Miniature Figure Skater
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in St. Louis, MO
Karl Hagenauer for Werkstätte Hagenauer Wienstamp - stamped WHW made in Austria, circa 1920s bronze miniature female figure ice skater sculpture. Mounted on marble block with museum ...
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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Marble, Bronze

Art Deco Josephine Baker Female Dancer Brass Statue, Austria 1930 Karl Hagenauer
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Exceptional Karl Hagenauer statue of a female dancer sculpture, commonly titled as Josephine Baker, cast and nickel plated brass, circa 1930s. , manufactured by Werkstätte Hagenauer ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Art Deco Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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Brass

Hagenauer, Tennis Players, A Pair of Art Deco Miniature Sculptures, ca. 1920's
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in New York, NY
Austrian Art Deco Karl Hagenauer Tennis Players A Pair of Miniature Sculptures Vienna, ca. 1920s DIMENSIONS MALE TENNIS PLAYER FEMALE TENNIS PLAY...
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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Metal

Art Deco Monkey Candle Holder by Karl Hagenauer, Austria 1920´s
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Art Deco Monkey ¨Affe¨Candle Holder by Karl Hagenauer, Austria 1920´s. Lovely and rare Karl Hagenauer Sculpture, made of silvered bronze. Stamped under it. Affe mit Kerzenleuchter
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Deco Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Signed Karl Hagenauer Werkstatte Wein Copper Brass Watering Can Original Patina
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A signed mid 20th century sculptural watering can in copper and brass by Karl Hagenauer of Werkstatte Hagenauer Wien. The watering can is clearly stamped and marked on the underside....
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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Brass, Copper

Signed Karl Hagenauer Werkstatte Wien Copper Brass Watering Can Original Patina
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A signed mid 20th century sculptural watering can in copper and brass by Karl Hagenauer of Werkstatte Hagenauer Wien. The watering can is clearly stamped and marked on the underside....
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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Brass, Copper

Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Oblong Hammered footed Brass Bowl, Karl Hagenauer
By Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Karl Hagenauer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien, Oblong Hammered footed Brass Bowl, Karl Hagenauer Austria, Circa 1950s A fine example designed by Karl Hagenauer for the...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Modern Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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Brass

Sculpted Wood Bust by Karl Hagenauer of an Native American, circa 1930s
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Brussel, BE
A rare bust of a Native American man in sculpted wood by Hagenauer Austria ca. 1930s.
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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Brass

1930s Karl Hagenauer Design for Whw Wien Austria Soliflore Tulip Vase Bronze
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Biella, IT
Karl Hagenauer design for Whw Wien Austria "soliflore" tulip vase bronze years 30 deco. Measure height 9 inches diameter 2,4", all signed and handmade. Good vintage condition.
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Untitled 'Christ' Sculpture by Karl Hagenauer, 1950, Rosewood and Bronze
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rare Untitled (Jesus Christ) table top sculpture by Karl Hagenauer for Werkstätte Hagenauer, Austria, c. 1950 Brazilian rosewood body and bronze head and hands. One hand turns in pl...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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Bronze

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

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Brass, Metal

Art Deco Dancer Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna Brass Polished Wood, Designed 1930s
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Art Deco Dancer Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna Brass Polished Wood, Designed 1930s In the beginning the Werkstatte Hagenauer produced everyday life items ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Art Deco Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Karl Hagenauer Austrian 1930s Art Deco Brass and Ebonized Wood Singing Sailor
By Karl Hagenauer
Located in Mexico City, MX
A 1930's Austrian ebonized wood and brass singing sailor. The sailor has wood body and brass head, hands and feet. Sealed on the bottom.
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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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 Decorative Objects

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Bronze

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 desig...
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20th Century Austrian Art Deco Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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Bronze

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 Decorative Objects

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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 Decorative Objects

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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 Decorative Objects

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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 Decorative Objects

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Brass, 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 Decorative Objects

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Silver

Hagenauer Vienna Brass Candelabra Mid-Century Candle Holder, Austria, 1940s
By Karl Hagenauer, Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful Austrian two-arm mid century brass candleholder / candlestick, designed and executed by Karl Hagenauer / Werkstatte Hagenauer in the 1940s. In very good condition, marked...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Karl Hagenauer Decorative Objects

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Brass

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 Decorative Objects

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Bronze

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

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Brass, Metal

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A sculpted wooden figure of an african warrior by Karl Hagenauer
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  • Josephine Baker Dancing Statue by Hagenauer
  • Josephine Baker Dancing Statue by Hagenauer
  • Josephine Baker Dancing Statue by Hagenauer
  • Josephine Baker Dancing Statue by Hagenauer
H 11.82 in W 5.91 in D 7.88 in

Karl Hagenauer decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs.

Karl Hagenauer decorative objects are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Karl Hagenauer decorative objects, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original decorative objects by Karl Hagenauer were created in the Art Deco style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Bruno Zach, Franz Hagenauer, and Claire Weiss. Prices for Karl Hagenauer decorative objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $595 and can go as high as $14,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,600.

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