Reserved for Max – 2 Walter Bosse Hedgehog Ashtray Sets – Polished Gold & XL


XL Hedgehogs

This rare version is the super XL size, weighing in at over 2 lbs. These only come up for sale every 10 years or so. This complete set of 6 stacking hedgehog ashtrays is in excellent original condition with good original patina. The casting quality is very smooth and the details are captured well in this casting. The patina is a rich satin black and the polishing is a deep golden bronze. Baby is cute with X legs and a pointed nose, but not very well formed eyes. Spines are SUPER tall and rounded, the nose is a super long length and the legs are a standard length. Overall this is a fantastic classic example of Walter Bosse’s hedgehog ashtrays and quite rare in this size. We’re still not really sure how the XL sets fit into the time-scale of production, but it’s likely these are from the early 1950s before they started trying to cut costs. Comes with all 6 hedgehog ashtrays that stack up and nest inside each other. Made of solid brass. Unmarked.

All Gold Hedgehogs

This group of 6 stacking hedgehogs are in great condition with good patina. It looks like this set was plated with some sort of goldtone color over the solid brass. It’s actually a really nice patina and color in person. This set has a nicer casting quality and better finishing than most of Bosse’s original all-gold polished hedgehog sets. Baby has X legs and a cute pointed nose with large drilled eyes. Patina is a bright goldtone color with a satin finish. Casting quality is excellent and very smooth. Spines are more rounded and the legs are nice length. The nose is medium length and rounded on the end. Overall a nicely proportioned set. All these attributes, especially casting quality and rounded spines mean this set as likely a 1960s version. Unmarked.

Authenticated by Modern Vienna Bronze as an original Walter Bosse design.

ウォルター・ボッセ – ハリネズミオブジェ/灰皿

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Designed by Walter Bosse, circa 1960s.

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.

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Materials: Bronze/brass

XL Overall Dimensions:
3″ tall
3.25″ wide
5.5″ long
Weighs over 2 lbs (or 1.5 kg)
Full set of 6 ashtrays

All Gold Overall Dimensions:
11.5cm / 4.5″ long
7cm / 2.75″ tall
7cm / 2.75″ wide
Smallest hedgehog: 4cm / 1.5″ long
Full set of 6 ashtrays