Carl Auböck Vintage Hand Paperweight, c. 1950s


This hand paperweight certainly has personality! Carl Auböck II (1900-1957), master of Bauhaus design and Viennese Bronzes, elevated modern everyday objects to desirable things of value with his clever designs. His sense of humor and love for design is evident in all his creations.

Excellent example of a Carl Auböck brass paperweight. This modernist hand shaped paperweight from the 1950s is in great condition with good patina. Hand is not the typical modern shape, but a more baroque style meant to mimic a “saint’s hand” gesture from painted portraits of icons or of aristocracy from this period. Marked “Auböck” and “Made in Austria”. Last images show an original page from an Auböck catalog with the hand shown under #5275/56505.

Authenticated by Modern Vienna Bronze as an original Carl Auböck design.

カール・オーボック / ハンドペーパーウェイト

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Designed by Carl Auböck II, circa 1940-1950s.

Founded in 1912, Werkstätte Auböck was founded by Karl Heinrich Auböck, where work continues to this day. His son, Carl Auböck II (1900) was a student of the Bauhaus and Johannes Itten, Walter Gropius, and Lyonel Feininger. Together with his son Carl III (1924) they created everyday objects with a sense of whimsy and with motifs that would be recognizable to everyone. Carl III (1924) studied at MIT in 1957 where the young architect met with Charles Eames, Benjamin Thompson and George Nelson. After Carl II passed in 1957, Carl III began running the workshop with a focus on industrial design. He successfully expanded sales worldwide to clients like Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Ginza Shiseido in Tokyo, Harrod’s in London and Christofle in Paris. After his death in 1993, the workshop passed to Justine Auböck (1926) and then to her children, Maria and Carl IV, who are still at the helm today. Today, Auböck’s over 4000 classic designs are continuing to be discovered and cherished by collectors everywhere.

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Materials: Bronze/brass

Dimensions:  113 mm /  4.5″ tall
65 mm /  2.5″ wide

Additional information

Weight 378 g
Dimensions 113 × 65 mm