Luxury Design, Past & Present
Bird Sculpture Franz Hagenauer Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna Alpaca Brass-plated 1930s Austrian Art Deco
Stylized animal depictions in metal and wood were typical products of the Werkstatte Hagenauer Wien. One of the most popular export articles of this traditional Viennese company were decorative cups and vessels in the shape of birds. In the 1930s already, bird sculptures and bowls in the shape of birds were designed and executed. These captivating objects combine the playful forms of nature with an abstract reduction.
Our galvanically brass-plated bird sculpture is a perfect example of such an object. It is reminiscent of an ostrich, and the core of the animal is reduced to a perfect sphere. The head is turned backwards, which gives it additional dynamic. Although the bird is reduced to its essential features, there is still a thorough attention to detail, as one can clearly distinguish the eyes, the beak as well as the individual feathers of the bird’s tail. The piece was brilliantly executed and is a testimony of the masterful craftsmanship of the Werkstatte Hagenauer. In keeping with the artistic movements of the time, Art Deco and New Realism, its overall look is reduced, and it bears multiple geometrical features like the spherical core, the triangular beak and the circular base.