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Rosewood Flatware Service for 12 by Carl Auböck for Rosenthal

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Exceptional rosewood and stainless steel flatware set 'Duo' for 12 place settings designed by Carl Auböck and made by Amboss Neuzeug Hammer Company for Rosenthal Austria, circa 1967. Each set is composed of five pieces (fork, knife, spoon, salad or dessert fork, tea spoon) plus an extra reserve set, a large serving spoon and a ladle, a total of 66 pieces. 12 + one forks 12 + one knives 12 + one spoons 12 + one salad or dessert forks 12 tea spoons One serving spoon One ladle All sets are in excellent condition, hardly any visible scratches on blades or flatware, the knives are sharp, some of the pieces had still been sealed. This is an exceptional possibility to own a complete set of 12 place settings plus some reserve pieces from a collaboration of an extraordinary designer with one of the most renown companies for for serve and silverware. All pieces are marked 'Rosenthal Austria'.  

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  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent vintage condition, please refer to the detailed description..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 1.75 in. x W 7.65 in. x D 1 in.

    H 4.45 cm x W 19.44 cm x D 2.54 cm

  • Seller location
    Westport, CT
  • Sold As
    Set of 66
  • Reference number
    LU145129385853

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About Carl Auböck (Designer)

The Viennese artist and designer Carl Auböck is 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 accessory furnishings and tabletop pieces such as corkscrews, paperweights, letter openers, book ends 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 surreal, 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, a popular maker of traditional bronze figurines and collectibles. In 1919, he went to Germany to study at the Bauhaus, where he was a pupil of the progressive artist and theorist Johannes Ittens. 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 Auböck’s work from the time he left in 1921 to return to work with his father in Vienna, and that was passed on to his descendants, who run the atelier that is still in operation today.

     Vintage Auböck designs have a special character, a patina that only emphasizes how much the pieces have been loved and used. His 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?

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