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Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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
Pair of Carl Auböck Model #3530 'Flatiron' Brass and Cane Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #3530 'Flatiron' brass and cane bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #1928 'Hands' Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #1928 'Hands' brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated brass. Price is f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #3848 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #3848 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass. Price is for the pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #3653 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #3653 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Produc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck #3793 "Gourd" Vase or Bookend, Austria, 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3793 "Gourd" vase or bookend, Austria, 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #1937 'Bamboo' Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck Model #1937 'Bamboo' bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed hand cut and polished bamboo and brass....
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Grouping of Eight Carl Auböck Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Grouping of eight Carl Auböck brass bookends. Includes one pair each of Models #3651, #3652, #3653 & #3654. Designed in the 1950s, these incredibly refined and sculptural bookends ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck #3530-3 Bookends, Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3530-3 Bookends in Brass and Cane, Austria. New.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Model #4630 Large Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Aubo¨ck model #4630 large brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass. Price is for the pai...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Bookends # 3652
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in polished brass.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #3652 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #3652 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Produ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck #3846 Bookends "Rocket" in Brass, Austria
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Pair of #3846Bookends "Rocket", Austria 2022 .
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Bookends #3653
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Classic pair of Carl Auböck bookends in a patina and polish brass mix.  
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #4636 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #4636 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #4575 Patinated Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Aubo¨ck Model #4575 Patinated Brass Bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated brass. Produce...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends #4575-1
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 Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends #3530-3
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 Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #3847 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck Model #3847 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished and patinated brass. Price...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #3651 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #3651 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #4635 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #4635 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends #3653
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 Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #3530 'Flatiron' Patinated Brass and Cane Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #3530 'Flatiron' patinated brass and cane bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck #3853 Vase "Double Noose", Austria, 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3853 vase "Double Noose", Austria, 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass, Wire

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends #3530-2
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...
Category

2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Bookends #3848
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Classis pair of Carl Auböck bookend in a patina and polish brass mix.  
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of Brass and Horn Bookends, Austria, 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of brass and horn bookends, Austria 1960s. The part made of Horn measures 9x11x20 cm.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Bookends by Carl Auböck III
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare pair of bookends by Carl Auböck III. Nickel plated steel. 1970s.  
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1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Steel

Pair of Large Carl Auböck Model #4219 'Hands' Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Large Carl Aubo¨ck Model #4219 'Hands' Brass Bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass. Hand ful...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #3846 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #3846 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in polished brass. Price is for the pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #4099 Patinated Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck Model #4099 patinated brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass....
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Austrian Midcentury Brass and Wicker Bookends by Carl Auböck
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Vienna, AT
This rare brass and wicker book ends have been designed and manufactured by Carl Auböck in the 1950s in Vienna Austria, Mod. no. 3530. the polished brass remains in beautiful condit...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Large Carl Auböck Model #4101 'Melies' Patinated Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of large Carl Aubock Model #4101 'Melies' patinated brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Vintage 1950s Bronze Carl Auböck Austria Bronze Square Bookends #4575
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of vintage circa 1950s "Square" handmade bookends #4575 designed by Carl Auböck Austria. Square bookends with round hole in the center and cross hatch lines with nice warm patin...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Bronze

Auböck Bookends, Horn and Brass, Signed
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in New York, NY
Auböck bookends, horn and brass, signed. Small handcrafted bookends with natural horns mounted on polished brass. Both are signed with impressed marks on the backs (upper left): "Aub...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends #1937
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 Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #4102 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #4102 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Produc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of Brass and Horn Bookends, Austria 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of brass and horn bookends, Austria 1960s. The part made of Horn measures 5.5x11x14 cm.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #4100 Patinated Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck Model #4100 patinated brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated brass. Price is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #4637 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #4637 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #3654 Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck model #3654 brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated and polished brass. Price...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of Bookends, Austria 1960s
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of bookends, Austria 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Pair of Carl Auböck Model #4843 Patinated Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Carl Auböck Model #4842 patinated brass bookends. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural pair of bookends are executed in patinated brass. Price is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Grouping of Six Carl Auböck Brass Bookends
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Glendale, CA
Grouping of six Carl Auböck brass bookends. Includes one pair each of models #4635, #4636 and #4637. Designed in the 1950s, these incredibly refined and sculptural bookends are execu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4099 Bookends "Wedge", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4099 bookends "Wedge", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #3847 Bookends "T", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #3847 bookends "T", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4636 Bookends "Drop", Austria, 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4636 bookends, Austria, 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #3848 Bookends "Earlobes", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #3848 bookends "Earlobes", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4102 Bookends "Spectator", Austria, 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Pair of #4102 bookends "Spectator", Austria, 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #1928 Bookends "Hands", Austria, 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #1928 bookends "Hands", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #3654 Bookends, Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #3654 bookends, Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4630 Bookends "Hook", Austria, 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4630 bookends "Hook", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4219 Bookends "Jazz Hands", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4219 bookends "Jazz Hands", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4575-1 Bookends "Square", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4575-1 bookends "Square", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck #3786 "Alert" Vase or Bookend, Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck #3786 "Alert" Vase or Bookend, Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4100 Bookends "Masks", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4100 bookends "Masks", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4635 Bookends "Drop with a Hole", Austria, 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4635 bookends "Drop with a Hole", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4843 Bookends "Tower", Austria, 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4843 bookends "Tower", Austria, 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Carl Auböck Pair of #4637 Bookends "Cello", Austria 2022
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck pair of #4637 bookends "Cello", Austria 2022.
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2010s Austrian Werkstätte Carl Auböck Bookends

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Brass

Werkstätte Carl Auböck bookends for sale on 1stDibs

Werkstätte Carl Auböck bookends 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 bookends, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock, we have 1 vintage editions of these items, while there are 22 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original bookends by Werkstätte Carl Auböck were created in the mid-century modern style in Europe during the 21st century and contemporary.. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider bookends by and . Prices for Werkstätte Carl Auböck bookends can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $795 and tops out at $3,186, while pieces like these can sell for $796 on average.

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