Beautiful and rare marked Franz Hagenauer Centerpiece, fruit bowl or toffee bowl. Karl Hagenauer Obstschale Messing Hammerschlagdekor 1950. Karl Hagenauer, einen Obstschale auf 4 Beinen stehend, Messing, Hammerschlagdekor. Gemarkt, Made in Austria, Werkstätten Hagenauer Wien, Firmenstempel sowie KARL. Karl Hagenauer, a centerpiece with 4 legs, brass, hammer blow finish, marked with Made in Austria, Werkstätte Hagenauer and artist mark: KARL. Abmessung: 21 x 16 x 5,5 cm cm. Karl was an influential designer in the Art Deco style. He enrolled at the Vienna School of Applied Arts at age eleven. He studied with Josef Hoffmann and Oskar Strnad and created designs for the Wiener Werkstätte art collective. After wartime service in the infantry, he resumed his training and qualified as an architect. He joined the family business in 1919 and soon took on leadership in both design and management. Karl Hagenauer was responsive to the change in public taste influenced by the popularity of the Vienna Secession. His stylized animals and whimsical creatures (reminiscent of Wiener Werkstätte designer Dagobert Peche) handcrafted in brass had broad appeal in domestic and American markets. Some were useful, such as mirrors, cigar cutters, ashtrays, cigarette stubbers – many in the form of athletes or animals, candlesticks, corkscrews, bookends, and lamp bases. Figurines, hood ornaments and other larger sculptures in wood and metal (such as the iconic Josephine Baker in the collection of the Casa Lis Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum in Salamanca) were purely decorative. The company later expanded to produce furniture, chiefly designed by Julius Jirasek. Karl’s designs were popular enough to be reproduced and marketed by counterfeiters in the 1930s and more recently. Karl Hagenauer’s work found an avid American market partly through the efforts of New York gallery owner Rena Rosenthal, who featured the Josephine Baker sculpture in a 1935 window display. The company turned to the production of metal objects and furniture needed for the restoration of houses and other structures damaged or destroyed in the war. The 1950s saw a reintroduction to the more decorative products. Erhaltung: Sehr gut erhalten. Hagenauer Gehörtb zum Kreis von Designern und Künstlern wie: Karl Auboeck, Goldscheider, Hagenauer, Haerdtl Haerdtel, Oswald, Roland Rainer, Werkstätte, Arnulf Rainer, Franz West, Maria Lassnig, Günter Brus, Aktionismus, Schwarzkogler, Wiener. Julius August KALMAR Arne Vodder, Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Charles Ray Eames, Saarinen, Eero, Le Corbusier. The item “Beautiful and rare marked Franz Hagenauer Centerpiece, fruit bowl or toffee bowl” is in sale since Wednesday, July 5, 2017. This item is in the category “Antiques\Periods & Styles\Mid-Century Modernism”. The seller is “book-land” and is located in Wien. This item can be shipped worldwide.