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Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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
Monkey Hook Wardrobe Hooks by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "monkey" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in very good vintage condition.  
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

3 Walter Bosse Brass Wall Hooks of a Lion Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
3 Walter Bosse brass wall hooks of a Lion Austria, 1950s Original condition.  
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Brass Key Hanger Sea God and Mermaid, Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming and rare key holder, displaying a sea god and a mermaid. A humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller Austria in the 1950s. Made of brass, in good condition with nice patina. Also suitable as a towel holder or for dish towels...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Monkey Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "monkey" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in very good vintage condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Elephant Brass Key Hanger by Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming and rare key holder, displaying five elephants in different sizes. A humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller, Austria, in the 1950s. Also suitable as a towel holder or for dish towels...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Cow Sculpture Brass Key Hanger by Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming and rare key holder, displaying a funny looking cow. Very large. A humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Herta Baller, Austria in the 1950s. Made of brass, in excel...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Four Asymmetric Modernist Brass Wall Hooks by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Four asymmetrical modernist brass wall hooks by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s original state Price and sale per piece.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Mermaid and Fish Wall Sculpture by Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A lovely Mid-Century wall-mounted brass sculpture, displaying a mermaid and a fish on a frame, made of black-finished brass. Designed by Walter Bosse, manufactured in the 1950s by He...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Mid-Century Cartwheel Brass Key Hanger, Herta Baller, Austria, 1950
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A wall-mounted Mid-Century key holder / key board, designed in the shape of a cartwheel or wagon wheel. This piece was designed by Walter Bosse and crafted b...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Three Walter Bosse Brass Wall Hooks of a Lion Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Three Walter Bosse brass wall hooks of a Lion Austria, 1950s. 3 are available, priced and sold per piece. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Thermometer by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Thermometer by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Key Holder Gulls Motiv circa 1950s by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Key holder Gulls Motiv circa 1950s by Walter Bosse Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Lion Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "lion" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in very good vintage condition. Two pieces available.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Five Walter Bosse Brass Wall Hooks of a Lion Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Five Walter Bosse brass wall hooks of a Lion Austria, 1950s Five are available, priced and sold per piece. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Wall Thermometer, Vienna around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse Wall Thermometer, Vienna around 1950s Original condition
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Swallow Birds Key Holder Around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter bosse swallow birds key holder around 1950s The key is not included ( only for the photoshooting ).
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter bosse swallow birds key holder around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter bosse swallow birds key holder around 1950s Original condition
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Wall Decoration "Horses" by Hertha Baller Vienna Around 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Wall decoration "horses" by hertha baller vienna around 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Cow Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "cow" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in very good vintage condition. Two pieces available.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Thermometer with Bird, Brass and Wood, Walter Bosse/Hertha Baller Vienna
By Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A thermometer by Walter Bosse/Hertha Baller. Vintage mid century. Wiener Bronze Austria ca. 1950´s.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Thermometer with Birds, Wood and Brass, Walter Bosse/Hertha Baller Vienna
By Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A thermometer with bird sculptures by Walter Bosse/Hertha Baller.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Rare Bear Wall Hook by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass hook "bear" by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, Vienna from the 1950s. Used but in very good vintage condition.   
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Rare "Bremen Town Musicians" Key Hanger by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful large key hook "Bremen Town Musicians" a donkey, a dog, a cat and a cock, made of ebonized brass, designed by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller in t...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Brass Key Hanger Donkey, Dog, Cat and Cock, Herta Baller, Austria
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming and rare key hook or holder, featuring a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster. Together, they represent "The Town Musicians of Bremen," a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Elephants Brass Key Hanger by Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming and rare key holder, displaying five elephants in different sizes. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Herta Baller, Austria, in the 1950s. Also suitable as a towel holder or for dish towels...
Category

Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Elephants Brass Key Hanger by Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming and rare key holder, displaying an elephant family. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller, Austria, in the 1950s. Also suitable as a towel holder or for dish...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Brass Key Hanger Donkey, Dog, Cat and Cock, Herta 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 Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Brass Key Hanger of a Elephant Group Made by Hertha Baller
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse brass key hanger of a elephant group made by Hertha Baller. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Rare Walter Bosse Hooks on Teak Wood
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Rare Walter Bosse hooks on teak wood. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Key Holder Gulls Motiv circa 1950s by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Key Holder Gulls Motiv circa 1950s by Walter Bosse Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Wall Hook Shows a Lion Rare Model
By Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse wall hook shows a lion rare model Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Rare "Bremen Town Musicians" Key Hanger by Walter Bosse
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful large key hook "Bremen Town Musicians" a donkey, a dog, a cat and a cock, made of ebonized brass, designed by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller in t...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Key Hanger by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse key hanger by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Vintage Brass Key Hanger by Walter Bosse Herta Baller 1950s
By Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
Very nice Key Hanger designed by Walter Bosse and executed by Herta Baller, Austria, 1950s. The motif signs the figures of the "Town Musicians of Bremen" a donkey, a dog, a cat and ...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Metal

Big Key Holder Gulls Motiv circa 1950s by Walter Bosse
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Big Key holder Gulls Motiv circa 1950s by Walter Bosse Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Two Walter Bosse Brass Key Hanger of a Elephant Group Made by Hertha Baller
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Two Walter Bosse brass key hanger of a elephant group made by Hertha Baller.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

Walter Bosse Woman in Biedermeier Dress Brass Wall Sculpture, Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A lovely midcentury mural, displaying a woman in a Biedermeier dress with umbrella in front of the Gloriette in Vienna, all made of brass. A beautif...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Key Hanger by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse key hanger by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Thermometer, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse thermometer Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Thermometer, 1950s
By Herta Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse thermometer, 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse Key Hanger by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Herta Baller
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse key hanger by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Bosse Wall Decorations

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Brass

Walter Bosse wall decorations for sale on 1stDibs.

Walter Bosse wall decorations 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 wall decorations, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original wall decorations 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 wall decorations by Herta Baller, Karl Schiestl, and Ernst Fuchs. Prices for Walter Bosse wall decorations can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $134 and can go as high as $1,083, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $424.

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