Born in 1904 to academic painter parents, Bosse was always surrounded by creativity. He and his sister found a fascination with forming from an early age. Bosse studied at the Imperial Art School of the Museum of Art in Vienna under Franz Cizek and Michael Powolny and at the School of Applied Arts in Munich under Richard Riemerschmid. His first international appearance was at the 1925 Paris Exhibition of Decorative Arts which opened Bosse up to work for such institutions as Wiener Werkstätte, Augarten, Goldscheider and Metzler and Ortloff.
Initially, Bosse worked in ceramic but ended up finding “a great love for brass”. His early ceramic figures were used to cast new brass models. Handcrafted in solid brass and hand finished to a golden sheen with black patina, this new style originated by Bosse and partner Herta Baller became known as the “Black Golden Line.”
Recent increases in the collectors’ market of Bosse’s work spurned a Renaissance in Vienna and reissues in brass of many of Bosse’s original designs. Production is now located in a small, sleepy village near the Austrian-Hungarian border where Walter Bosses’s legacy is carried on and upheld with the same long-standing knowledge and hand crafted quality.
Purchase Walter Bosse: Leben Kunst und Handwerk 1904 – 1979 by Cherica Schreyer-Hartmann and Hans-Hagen and Johanna Hottenroth (ISBN 3-85498-071-X). With numerous pictures and illustrations, the book shows Bosse’s creativity, influence and impact on Viennese ceramics and brass.
The production of “Modern Vienna Bronzes” still follows Bosse’s casting procedures with the same principles applied by goldsmiths in the manufacture of precious metal jewelry. Below are the steps involved in casting our figures.