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Werkstätte Carl Auböck Mirrors

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 Aubock Gold-Plated Midcentury Wall Mirror, Austria, 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful Austrian modernist wall mirror. Designed and executed by Carl Aubock, Vienna/Austria. Made of gold-plated wood. In very good unrestored condition, with nice patina. Measure...
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Large Carl Auböck #4959 Brass and Walnut Floor Mirror
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Carl Auböck #4959 brass and walnut floor mirror. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural freestanding mirror is executed in beautifully grained walnut, po...
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Large, Heavy Mirror by Carl Auböck, Vienna, 1950/60
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare large wall mirror made by Carl Auböck in Vienna, Austria around 1960. Pictured in the Auböck catalogue under the Production number 38. Hard to find on the market. An identical...
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Carl Auböck #4959 Floor Mirror
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Floor mirror #4959 by Carl Auböck in brass and walnut.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Mirrors

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Werkstätte Carl Auböck mirrors for sale on 1stDibs

Werkstätte Carl Auböck mirrors are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Werkstätte Carl Auböck mirrors, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 2 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 1 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original mirrors by Werkstätte Carl Auböck were created in the mid-century modern style in Europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider mirrors by Bakalowits & Söhne, Emil Stejnar and Rupert Nikoll. Prices for Werkstätte Carl Auböck mirrors can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $2,500 and tops out at $3,700, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $2,895.

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