Franz Hagenauer Hand Mirror

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Franz Hagenauer Hand Mirror

£695.00

Antique Reference #:853

A Haganeur hand mirror. Plated circular mirror with a stylised handle. Stamped made in Austria and Haganeur Wein. 11 3/4 inches long . Austrian c 1925

Description

Description

A beautiful and unusual Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien (Hagenauer) hand mirror. Chrome Plated circular mirror with a stylised handle incorporating a stylised female figure in the Art Deco style . Stamped made in Austria and Haganeur Wein. Austrian c 1925

History

Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien(wHw) – was a family business in Vienna that produced fine, handcrafted objects for decoration and use over its nearly ninety-year history. The workshop closed in 1987 but the company’s retail premises, opened in 1938 on Vienna’s Opernring, survives today as a museum and shop.Carl Hagenauer (1872 – 1928) founded what became the Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien in 1898. He began as an apprentice at Würbel & Czokally, a silverware producer in Vienna. He then trained as a goldsmith before founding his own business, one of many in Vienna producing small figurines and useful objects. His workshop produced his own designs and those of other artists such as Josef Hoffmann and Otto Prutscher. His sons Karl (1898 – 1956) and Franz (1906 – 1986) both became renowned designers.Karl Hagenauer was responsive to the change in public taste influenced by the popularity of the Vienna Secession. His stylized animals and whimsical creatures 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 and other larger sculptures in wood and metal he made  were purely decorative.While Karl was the principal designer of everyday objects (and some sculptures), his younger brother Franz specialized in sculpture. Franz Hagenauer also studied from an early age with Franz Cižek at Vienna’s School of Applied Arts, and joined the family business at age twenty. His interest and talent lay in sculpture with sheet metals rather than cast figures, and later in his career he was head of metalwork and metal design classes at the Academy of Applied Arts.Franz took over the running of the company after Karl died in 1956.

Date c 1925

Condition Good original condition. Light wear and a few light scratches to one side

Dimensions Approximate 11 3/4 inches long.

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