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Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

Austrian, 1904-1979

Credited with thousands of works and models for ceramic pieces, Walter Bosse was an intensely prolific designer. The modernist Austrian sculptor and ceramist was best known for his distinctive “Black Golden” series of decorative objects and figurines, particularly his hedgehog ashtrays. Bosse’s mid-century and Art Deco works were popular as gifts for politicians and royalty worldwide, remaining coveted among collectors today.

Bosse was born in Vienna in 1904 to artist parents — his father, Julius, was a portrait painter for the Austrian Imperial Court. Bosse studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna from 1918 to 1921 under Austrian sculptor Michael Powolny and Austrian painter Franz Cizek. Later, he continued at the Munich School of Applied Arts in Germany under Austrian architect and designer Josef Hoffmann, a founder of the Vienna Secession.

Early in his career, Bosse worked as a designer at several ceramics manufacturers, including Augarten Porcelain Works in 1924, Goldscheider Porcelain Manufactory and Majolica Factory in 1926 and Metzler and Ortloff in 1927. In 1925, Bosse displayed several pieces at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris, which introduced the Art Deco style to a global audience.

In 1931, Bosse opened a shop in Kufstein, Austria, selling ceramic gift items. Owing to the crippling economic effects of the Great Depression, however, Bosse was forced to close his shop in 1937. He returned to Vienna in 1938 and opened another business, Bosse Keramik, where he sold toys, glass, textiles and more. In the late 1940s, Bosse experimented with small-scale brass sculptures and desk accessories coated in black ceramic glaze. With Austrian designer Herta Baller, Bosse formed the Bosse-Baller company to manufacture the “Black Golden” line of figurines, which became wildly popular worldwide.

Despite Bosse’s success, he struggled financially and moved to Iserlohn, Germany, in 1953. Meanwhile, Baller continued to manufacture and sell Bosse’s designs, which were so popular that forgers copied and sold counterfeit editions of Bosse’s works around the world. The 1950s marked the debut of the artist’s whimsically zoomorphic hedgehog ashtrays — these were cast in brass, and a hedgehog ashtray in any other material is not a Bosse original.

Bosse spent the rest of his life embroiled in court battles to protect his designs, leaving him penniless by the time he died. Today authentic Bosse pieces — from wall-mounted sculptures to tableware — continue to be highly sought after by collectors.

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Creator: Walter Bosse
Walter Bosse Sculptural Brass Hand Bowl or Ashtray, Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful sculptural modernist brass bowl in the shape of a hand. Originally designed as an ashtray this elegant brass object is also suitable as a jewelry bowl, a ring holder or a...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Mermaid Dinner Bell, 1950s
By Walter Bosse
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage Walter Bosse Mermaid solid brass bell from the 1950s. Nice tone. Made in Austria.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Cute Cow Figurine with Thermometer Walter Bosse, Vienna Austria 1960s MidCentury
By Walter Bosse
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1960s Austrian figurine, designed by Walter Bosse. Nice addition to your room, on your desk top or just for your collection of Austrian midcentury items. Charming, big ...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Seahorse Figurine by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Seahorse figurine by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Figurine Shows the Neptune Sea God, circa 1950s 'Marked on Bottom'
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse Figurine Shows the Neptune Sea God, circa 1950s 'marked on bottom' Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Set of 6 Hedgehog Sculptures for Hertha Baller, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse
Located in LIMOGNE-EN-QUERCY, FR
Walter Bosse Set of 6 hedgehog sculptures for Hertha Baller, circa 1950s Mid-century Walter Bosse hedgehog stackable ashtray made in Austria. This vintage ashtray includes all six...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Shoehorn Shows a Cat, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse shoehorn shows a cat, circa 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Bronze Hand Vide Poche, Bowl, Black and Gold Line
By Walter Bosse
Located in London, GB
A very good early example of a hand shaped bronze vide poche by the Austrian designer Walter Bosse for Herta Balla.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Gold, Brass, Bronze

Sculpture by Walter Bosse, Ashtray in Brass, Austria circa 1960, Old Patina
By Walter Bosse
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
This ashtray is a sculpture from walter bosse, it is in Bronze with a green and gold patina. it has been done circa 1950 in Wien.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Hedgehog Stackable Brass Ashtrays, Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A complete set of six vintage stackable midcentury hedgehog ashtrays. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller, Austria in the 1950s. Made of brass, in good ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Blackened Brass Bear Candleholder/Figurine by Walter Bosse and Herta Baller
By Walter Bosse
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Viennese bear figurine designed by Walter Bosse and Herta Baller as part of “Black Golden Line" (Austria, ca. 1950). Composed of solid brass patinated in a black finish,...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Brass Cat Ring Holder for Hertha Baller, 1950's
By Walter Bosse
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Early Walter Bosse brass cat ring holder for Hertha Baller, 1950's.
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20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass, Enamel

Dog Figurine with a Thermometer by Walter Bosse Vienna Around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Dog figurine with a thermometer by Walter Bosse vienna around 1950s. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Animal Sculpture, Ashtray, Patinated Brass, in Green Patina, Walter Bosse, 1960
By Walter Bosse
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
This sculpture, Ashtray, by Walter Bosse, was made in the United States in the 1960s. It is made of patinated brass, green and gold in color. This model in the shape of a fish, is a ...
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1960s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse, Orange Rabbit, Austrian Art Deco Ceramic Sculpture, Ca. 1930
By Walter Bosse
Located in New York, NY
ABOUT ARTIST Walter Bosse (Austrian, 1904 – 1979) was a Viennese artist, designer, ceramist, potter, metalworker, and craftsman noted for his modernist bronze animal figurines and g...
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Walter Bosse Vintage Brass Hand Ashtray for Herta Baller
By Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
This elegant and heavy ashtray by Walter Bosse for Herta Baller (Model 844) is an original Austrian Mid-Century piece of sculptural character. The object is in good condition and sho...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse pencil holder around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse pencil holder around 1950 Original condition Pencil not included
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Candle Holder, Vienna, Around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Candle holder vienna around 1950s. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Owl Figurine by Walter Bosse Around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Owl figurine by walter bosse around 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Pencil Holder 'Marked' Around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse pencil holder( marked ) around 1950s The pencil is not icluded ( it is only for the photoshooting ) Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Very Small Elephant Figurine by Walter Bosse, Around 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Very small elephant figurine by walter bosse around 1950s. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Small Libra Zodiac Sign by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Small Libra Zodiac sign by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Small Walter Bosse Cat Figurine Around 1950s, 'Marked'
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Small Walter bosse cat figurine around 1950s Brass, Nickel - plated Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass, Nickel

Monkey Figurine by Walter Bosse, Europe, 1950s
By Walter Bosse
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Brass figurine blackened monkey. Designed in the 1950s by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller Austria. Excellent original condition.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Hertha Baller Candle Vienna Around, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Hertha Baller candle vienna around 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Miniature Cat Figurine by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic mid-century 1950s Vienna bronze figurine by Walter Bosse. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Walter Bosse Fish Midcentury Brass Ashtray or Bowl, Hertha Baller, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming modernist bowl or ashtray in the shape of a fish. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller Austria in the 1950s. Made of brass, in excellent condi...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Small Walter Bosse Penguin Figurine Vienna around 1950s ' Marked '
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse penguin figurine vienna around 1950s ( Marked ) Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Brass Key Hanger Elephant and Mouse, Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Den Haag, NL
A charming and rare vintage midcentury key holder, displaying an elephant and a little mouse. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller Austria in the 1950s. ...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Thermometer, 1950s for Table Vienna around 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse Thermometer, 1950s for table vienna around 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Small Penguin by Walter Bosse, Around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Small penguin by Walter bosse, around 1950s Marked Austria on Bottom Original condition.  
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Midcentury Zebra Donkey Brass Sculpture, Hertha Baller, Austria
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful modernist brass figurine, displaying a zebra from the left side and a donkey from the other side. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller, Austr...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Cat Figurine by Walter Bosse, Vienna, Around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Cat figurine by Walter Bosse, Vienna, around 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Austrian Midcentury Golden Brass Dachshund Letter Opener by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
This charming Austrian Midcentury golden solid brass letter opener or paper knife has been designed by Walter Bosse and produced by Herta Baller in the 1950s. The dog features a long...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Shoehorn Shows a Cat, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse shoehorn shows a cat, circa 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Cat Dinner Bell in Brass by Hertha Baller, 1950
By Walter Bosse
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse cat dinner bell in brass by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Cat Ring Holder for Hertha Baller Blackened Brass, 1950's
By Walter Bosse
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare Walter Bosse cat ring holder circa 1950's nicely patinated, some brass left from the original finish some scratches and painting it's off as shown.
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Late 20th Century Austrian Art Deco Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Metal

Walter Bosse Shoehorn Shows a Cat, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse shoehorn shows a cat, circa 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Elephant Figurine with Thermometer Walter Bosse, Vienna Austria 1960s Midcentury
By Walter Bosse
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1960s Austrian figurine, designed by Walter Bosse. Nice addition to your room, on your desk top or just for your collection of Austrian midcentury items. Charming, big ...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Animal Key Hanger Holder Hooks Blackened Brass, Hertha Baller, 1950
By Walter Bosse
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A key hanger made of made of blackened and polished brass by Walter Bosse and manufactured by Hertha Baller, Austria, Vienna, in midcentury in 1950s. This key holder was inspired by...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Elephant Figurine with Thermometer Walter Bosse, Vienna Austria 1960s Midcentury
By Walter Bosse
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1960s Austrian figurine, designed by Walter Bosse. Nice addition to your room, on your desk top or just for your collection of Austrian midcentury items. Charming, big ...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Bull Head Figurine by Walter Bosse Vienna Around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Bull head figurine by Walter Bosse vienna around 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Miniature Elephant Figurine by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic mid-century 1950s Vienna bronze figurine by Walter Bosse. Marked Austria. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Walter Bosse Brass Key Hanger Donkey, Dog, Cat and Cock, Hertha Baller, Austria
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming and rare key holder, displaying a donkey, a dog, a cat and a cock. Together they are the "town musicians of Bremen", from a fairy tale by the Grimm brothers. A very humoro...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Midcentury Deer Fawn Brass Figurine, Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A lovely fawn / baby deer sculpture made of brass from the 1950s. Designed by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller, Austria. In good condition with nice patina.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Zodiac Sign "Sagittarius" by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Zodiac sign "Sagittarius" by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s Original condition.   
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Cat Figurine with Shovel and Rake by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass figurine blackened with a shovel and rake. Designed in the 1950s by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller Austria. Excellent original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Small Walter Bosse Bear Figurine, Vienna, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Small Walter Bosse bear figurine, Vienna, circa 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Small Walter Bosse Cat Figurine, Vienna, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Small Walter Bosse cat figurine, Vienna, circa 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Small Bear Figurine by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Small bear figurine by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Cat Figurine by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Cat figurine by Walter Bosse Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Hedgehog Sculpture by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Hedgehog by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Metal

Monkey Figurine with Salt Pepper Shaker by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass figurine blackened monkey with a salt pepper Shaker. Designed in the 1950s by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller Austria. Excellent original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Vintage Brass Hand Bowl Ashtray Model #841, Austria 1950s
By Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Walter Bosse vintage brass hand bowl ashtray model #841, Austria, 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Candle Holder 'bird' by Walter Bosse, around 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Candle holder (bird) by Walter Bosse, around 1950s Original condition The candle is only for the photoshoot (not included).
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse Donkey Brass Figurine Pen Holder, Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A very charming Austrian midcentury pen or pencil holder, displaying a donkey. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse executed by Hertha Baller Austria in the 1950s. Made of brass in...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Small Rooster Figurine by Walter Bosse, Vienna, Around 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Small rooster figurine by Walter Bosse, Vienna, around 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Mermaid by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Mermaid by Walter Bosse. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Decorative Objects

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Brass

Walter Bosse decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs

Walter Bosse decorative objects are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Walter Bosse decorative objects there are many options to choose from, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 172 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. During the 20th century, many of the original decorative objects by Walter Bosse were created in Europe in the mid-century modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Hertha Baller, Carl Auböck and Werkstätte Carl Auböck. Prices for decorative objects by Walter Bosse can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $120 and tops out at $3,400, while pieces like these can sell for $368 on average.

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