Limited Edition Walter Bosse Nesting Hedgehogs Set


Walter Bosse, an expert craftsman from the golden age of Vienna bronzes, designed his “black/gold” series of bronze figurines to make “as many people as possible happy.” This iconic set of nesting hedgehogs was arguably the pinnacle of Bosse’s career as a metal craftsman. These limited edition (of 20) reissues were cast from Bosse’s original molds, and have all of the quality of the mid-20th-century originals, with perfect patina and polished, golden surfaces, like they were originally intended. Limited edition set comes with handmade wooden crates and letterpress-printed certificates of authenticity.

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Walter Bosse Bronze Hedgehog Ashtray, Wooden Box and Certificate Walter Bosse Bronze Hedgehog Ashtrays

Proudly reintroducing Walter Bosse’s legendary nesting hedgehog ashtrays.

Modern Vienna Bronze has released a limited edition of 20 sets of Walter Bosse’s iconic six nesting hedgehog ashtrays, with handmade wooden crates and letterpress-printed certificates of authenticity. These famous nesting creatures have not been available since the 1960s, and now is your chance to own them in brand new condition, straight from Bosse's original master molds.

Check out our little promotional video of the hedgehogs in motion:

Each set comes packed in a custom, solid wooden crate, nestled in shredded paper bedding. The boxes are topped with a sliding slatted wooden lid, and decorated with hand painted hedgehog silhouette and Walter Bosse graphics on the sides. The certificates of authenticity have been masterfully letterpress printed, with hand-applied gold dust on the logo.

Walter Bosse Bronze Hedgehog Ashtray and Wooden Box

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Walter Bosse Certificate of Authenticity

Designed by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s.

Born in Vienna in 1904, Walter Bosse was a student of Micheal Powolny, Franz Cizek, and Richard Riemerschmid. He initially worked with ceramic sold by the Wiener Werkstätte, Augarten, and Goldscheider. His designs are some of the most important works in mid-century decorative arts. In the late 1940s Bosse began to produce countless brass miniatures (mostly animal figurines) with which he showed his admiration for the various creatures of nature. With his colleague, Karl Hagenauer, he created several figures inspired by the “zoo” theme. With the uncommon look of the collection, he focused on “making as many people as possible happy.” In partnership with Herta Baller he presented his collection at art fairs in Frankfurt, where he found a large amount of international customers. The “black/gold” interplay between polished and patinated brass was soon known around the world.

Materials: Bronze/brass, wooden crate, paper certificate

Dimensions: 11.5cm (length of largest hedgehog), 4.5cm (length of smallest hedgehog)

Additional information

Weight 2000 g
Dimensions 122 mm