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Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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 movement.

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
Holder for 3 pipes by walter bosse vienna around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Holder for 3 pipes by walter bosse vienna around 1950s Original condition
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Cat Pencil Holder by Walter Bosse around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Cat Pencil Holder by Walter Bosse around 1950s Original condition
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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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 Desk Accessories

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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 Desk Accessories

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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 Desk Accessories

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Brass

Brass Table Bell by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Solid brass blackened, designed by Walter Bosse produced by Hertha Baller in the 1950s.
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

Walter Bosse Thermometer, 1950s for Table Vienna around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
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 Desk Accessories

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Brass

Walter Bosse Midcentury Baby Giraffe Brass Figurine, Herta Baller, Austria
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A lovely baby giraffe sculpture made of brass from the 1950s. Designed by Walter Bosse, executed by Herta Baller, Austria. In very good condition with mar...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Walter Bosse Brass Poodle Figurine, Lucky Charm, Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming poodle figurine, made of brass designed by Walter Bosse, executed in the 1950s by Hertha Baller, Austria. In excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Pencile Holder Fish by Hertha Baller, Vienna, around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Pencile holder fish by Hertha Baller, Vienna, around 1950s Original condition The pencile is only for the photoshooting (not included).
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Walter Bosse Mid-Century Horse Brass Figurine, Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A lovely horse foal sculpture made of brass from the 1950s. Designed by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller. In very good condition with charming patina. We offer more Walter Bos...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Walter Bosse Midcentury Cow Brass Figurine, Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A little cow sculpture made of brass from the 1950s. Designed by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller. In good condition with charming patina on the brass.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Walter Bosse Midcentury Deer Fawn Brass Figurine, Herta 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 p...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Rare Austrian Brass Matchbox Holder by Walter Bosse, circa 1954
By Walter Bosse
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
A rare 1950s brass matchbox holder by Austrian born designer Walter Bosse, circa 1954. Perfect for the gentleman or lady smoker and could also be used ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Walter Bosse Cat Crumbs Table Cleaning Set for Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse cat crumbs table cleaning set for Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s Good original condition Broom dimensions : H 10.5cm W 1.5cm D 11cm Shovel: H 1.5cm W 12cm D 9....
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Walter Bosse Pencil Holder, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse pencil holder, 1950s. Original condition. (Pencils not included, it is only for the photoshooting).
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Walter Bosse Paragraph Lawyer Brass Sculpture, Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A Midcentury brass figurine, displaying a paragraph form the 1950s. Designed by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller, Austria. In very g...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Walter Bosse Midcentury Horse Brass Figurine, Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A lovely horse foal sculpture made of brass from the 1950s. Designed by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller. In good condition with charming patina. We offer more Walter Bosse br...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Walter Bosse Cat Business Card Holder
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse cat business card holder Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Walter Bosse Cat Figurine with Thermometer, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse cat figurine with thermometer, 1950s Austrian desk thermometer, cat figurine and a lantern-shaped thermometer. Designed by Walter Bosse...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

Walter Bosse Midcentury Calf Cow Brass Figurine, Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A lovely calf / baby cow sculpture made of brass from the 1950s. Designed by Walter Bosse, executed by Herta Baller, Austria. In very good condition with marginal patina.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Desk Accessories

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Brass

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Walter Bosse Cow Candleholder, Hertha Baller, Blackened Brass, 1960
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Walter Bosse Brass Giraffe Sculpture Figurine, Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
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Walter Bosse Dachshund Pen Holder around 1950s
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Walter Bosse Brass Hand Midcentury Ashtray by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
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"Bremen Town Musicians" Key Hanger Wall Decoration by Walter Bosse Austria
By Walter Bosse
Located in Nuernberg, DE
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Walter Bosse desk accessories for sale on 1stDibs.

Walter Bosse desk accessories 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 Walter Bosse desk accessories, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original desk accessories by Walter Bosse were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider desk accessories by Herta Baller, Werkstätte Carl Auböck, and Richard Rohac. Prices for Walter Bosse desk accessories can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $220 and can go as high as $720, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $360.

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