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Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

Austrian

In Vienna’s Neubau district, a beautiful Biedermeier townhouse has been home to the Werkstätte Carl Auböck for more than 100 years. Inside the workshop, where production continues to this day, countless objects line the shelves, walls, tabletops and desktops.

The Viennese artist and designer Carl Auböck II was one of the quirkiest and most delightful and collectible of modern designers. A rather odd duck in the world of decorative arts, he was a peculiar talent whose specialties included smaller desk accessories and tabletop pieces such as corkscrews, paperweights, letter openers, bookends and bottle stoppers. He rendered these pieces in a combination of metal — most often brass — and such elemental materials as leather, knobby wood and animal horn, creating forms that could be almost Surrealist, from hands and feet to keys, birds and amoebae.

As a boy, Auböck was precocious and artistic. He studied drawing and at the same time trained in the workshop of his father, Karl Heinrich Auböck, a popular maker of traditional bronze figurines and collectibles. In 1919, Carl II went to Germany to study at the Bauhaus, where he was a pupil of the progressive artist and theorist Johannes Itten. While the Bauhaus is most associated with the rigidly ordered, functionalist architecture of its directors Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the school was in reality a liberal, spirited place — a crucible for imaginative, playful and avant-garde art and design. It was this spirit that imbued Carl II’s work from the time he left in 1921.

In 1922 or ’23, Carl Auböck II returned to Vienna to help care for his ailing father, and he took over the business. He created the Werkstätte Carl Auböck and a legacy that earned his objects cult status among collectors. The business was passed on to his descendants, who run the atelier that is still in operation today. Today, objects designed by Carl II make up 90 percent of Werkstätte Carl Auböck’s production, joined by the creations of architect and designer Carl IV, his grandson.

Vintage Auböck designs have a special character, a patina that only emphasizes how much the pieces have been loved and used. Carl Aubock II’s small furniture items — leather- or caned-sling magazine racks; free-edge wooden side tables with tubular bronze legs; wicker serving trolleys with turned beechwood wheels — are elegant and purposeful. His bijoux desktop objects, library tools, ashtrays and barware pieces evince a kind of mirthful practicality. They seem to ask: “If you need a corkscrew, or a paperweight, or a candlestick, why not make it fun as well as functional?” And indeed, why not?

Find a collection of vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck mirrors, seating, tables, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck Paperweight #4867 "Egg", Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Paperweight #4867 "Egg", Austria. Price is per piece.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Large Carl Auböck Model #5072 'Chain' Nickel Paperweight
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Aubo¨ck Model #5072 'Chain' nickel paperweight. Executed in nickel-plated cast iron and designed in the 1950s, this incredibly clean and refined Viennese paperweight is hand fab...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Iron, Nickel

Carl Auböck Sculpture Architect #4069
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck #5275 Paperweight "Zumbusch Hand", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #5275-2 Paperweight "Zumbusch Hand", Austria 2022. Also available in 8cm height for 315,00 € (#5275-1).
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight Pipe #5188, Brass
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4867 'Egg' Polished Brass Paperweight
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Aubo¨ck Model #4867 'Egg' brass paperweight. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly clean and refined Viennese paperweight is hand fabricated in polished brass by Werkstätte Car...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight Heart #5371
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck #4339 Paperweight "Stone", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #4339 Paperweight "Stone", Austria 2022. There might be slight variations regarding the measurements.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Stone

1950s Austrian Brass Paperweight by Carl Aubock
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An elegant heavy solid brass 'hand' paperweight.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight in Leather and Stone, Austria, 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck paperweight in leather and stone, Austria, 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Stone

Carl Auböck Paperweight #5371 or 5788 "Heart", Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck paperweight #5371 or 5788 "Heart", Austria. Price is per piece. Available in different sizes.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4273 'Foot' Brass Paperweight
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #4273 'Foot' brass paperweight. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly clean and refined Viennese paperweight is hand fabricated in polished brass by Werkstätte Car...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4223 'Hand' Brass Paperweight
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #4223 'Hand' brass paperweight. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly clean and refined Viennese paperweight is hand fabricated in polished brass by Werkstätte Ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight #5370-1 "Walnut", Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck paperweight #5370-1 "Walnut", Austria.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pipe Paperweight, Brass, Signed
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Carl Auböck Pipe Paperweight, Brass, Signed. Small scale meticulously detailed brass pipe paperweight by Viennese designer Carl Auböck.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Large Carl Auböck Model #4751 'Paperclip' Brass Paperweight
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Aubo¨ck Model #4751 'Paperclip' brass paperweight. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly clean and refined Viennese paperweight is hand fabricated in polished brass by Werkstät...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight #4223 "Hand", Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck paperweight #4223 "Hand", Austria.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Solid Bronze Pocket Watch Paperweight
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in San Diego, CA
Solid bronze pocket watch shaped paperweight by Carl Aubock, Austria. 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Bronze

Carl Auböck II, Rare Mid-Century Modern Ashtray Paperweight Object
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck II. Rare Mid-Century Modern ashtray paperweight object, Austria 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

1950s Carl Auböck Chain Paperweight Austria Vintage Midcentury Desk Sculpture
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Sought after early chain paperweight, golden brass plated, and lacquered steel by Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Austria, circa 1950s. Heavily worn, showing a wonderful patina and age. Weig...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Steel

Carl Auböck Paperweight Set as Used by Walter Gropius
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
A Classic set of four beautiful pressed papiers designed by Carl Auböck and produced by the Carl Auböck Werkstätte. The set consists of a stone in leather, an egg, foot and hand. Sam...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Stone, Brass

Carl Auböck Sculpture Napoleon #4271
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Sculpture "Man with Stick" #4060
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Sculpture "Turnerin" Gymnist #4057
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck #5072-1 Paperweight "Chain", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
#5072-1 Paperweight in the shape of a chain by Carl Auböck. Made of gold plated steel. Austria. New.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Gold Plate, Steel

Carl Auböck Paperweight Heart #5788
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
Category

2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight "Foot", Austria 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck paperweight "Foot" in Brass, Austria 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Aubock Set of Smoking Accessories
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Chicago, IL
Brass and Wicker Wrapped pipe stand (Or Paperweight) with two brass spoon rests.
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1940s Austrian Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Signed Carl Auböck Midcentury Brass Foot Paperweight Handmade Sculpture
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming modernist paperweight in the shape of a foot, designed by Carl Auböck in the 1950s. Handmade of solid polished brass by Werkstätte Auböck in Austria. Fully stamped and m...
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20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight "Pipe", Austria, 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck paperweight "pipe" in brass, Austria 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck #4273-1 Paperweight "Foot", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #4273-1 Paperweight "Foot", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck #4273-2 Paperweight "Foot", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #4273-2 Paperweight "Foot", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight #5188 "Pipe", Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #5188 paperweight in the shape of a pipe, Austria. New.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight #4751-1 Paperclip, Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Huge #4751-1 paperweight in the shape of a paperclip, Austria. New.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight #4992-3 Safety Pin, Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck paperweight #4992-3 in the shape of a safety pin, Austria.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck #5072-2 Paperweight "Chain", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
#5072-2 Paperweight in the shape of a chain by Carl Auböck. Made of nickel plated steel. Austria. New.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Steel, Nickel

Large Carl Auböck Model #5072 'Chain' Polished Brass Paperweight
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Aubo¨ck Model #5072 'Chain' polished brass paperweight. Executed in brass-plated cast iron and designed in the 1950s, this incredibly clean and refined Viennese paperweight is h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass, Iron

Carl Auböck Paperweight Railroadnail #5038, Brass
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight Hand #4223, Brass
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight Foot #4273-2
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight Egg #4867, Brass
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight #5378-1 "Razor Blade", Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Brass paperweight #5378-1 in the shape of a razor blade by Carl Auböck, New.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight Watch #4626, Brass
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends #3651
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Paperweight Curve #5085
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends #4635
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Founded in the 19th century as a metal workshop for girdling and chasing, the traditional Carl Auböck workshop is still in its original Viennese townhouse in the 7th district. In the...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pipe Stand / Decorative Presse-Papier, Austria, 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Maastricht, NL
A decorative paperweight by Carl Auböck, Austria. This piece was originally designed as a pipe stand and is made of brass, covered in wicker. Beautiful aged brass and darkened wicker.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Cart Auböck II, XXL Brass Paperweight Bottel Opener, Austria 1950s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Cart Auböck II. XXL brass paperweight bottel opener, Austria 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Metal, Brass

Signed Carl Auböck Midcentury Brass Foot Paperweight Handmade Sculpture
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming modernist paperweight in the shape of a foot, designed by Carl Auböck in the 1950s. Handmade of solid polished brass by Werkstätte Auböck in Austria. Fully stamped and m...
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20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Paperweights

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Brass

Werkstätte Carl Auböck paperweights for sale on 1stDibs

Werkstätte Carl Auböck paperweights are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Werkstätte Carl Auböck paperweights, although yellow editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock, we have 5 vintage editions of these items, while there are also 2 modern editions to choose from. Many of the original paperweights by Werkstätte Carl Auböck were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. Many customers also consider paperweights by and k. Prices for Werkstätte Carl Auböck paperweights can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $320 and tops out at $2,891, while pieces like these can sell for $435 on average.

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