Luxury Design, Past & Present
With the takeover by Karl Hagenauer, the Werkstatte Hagenauer Wien began to produce its famous female figurines. The two brothers Karl and Franz created impressive sculptures, which had the female body - reduced to essential features - as their main motif.
Franz Hagenauer probably designed the "Lady with greyhounds" in the period around 1930. With a fit, dynamic silhouette, he lets the woman almost casually tame her two advancing greyhounds. The elegant companions are at the same time powerfully and masterfully reduced.
Franz Hagenauer thus picks up on the motif of the chic woman in the company of greyhounds, which is popular in Art Deco. It represents the epitome of a refined way of life. If the imagination is allowed free rein, the subject of the "dog tamer" also allows for frivolously ambiguous associations. In any case, the latter matches with Franz Hagenauer, a self-confessed womanizer.
The group of figures made of cast and polished brass is completely marked on the plinth with "HAGENAUER/WIEN", "wHw" in a circle, "MADE IN/AUSTRIA" and "HANDMADE".