Walter Bosse Vintage Owl Candle Holder Figurine, c. 1960s


This owl is a small creature with big personality! 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.”

Excellent example of a Walter Bosse brass figurine. This modernist owl from the 1960s is in great condition with good patina. The owl was designed to be used as a candle holder with thin birthday sized candles, or as a pen/pencil holder. Marked with “Handmade in Austria” sticker on the bottom. Last 2 images show a page from an original Walter Bosse catalog circa the 1960s showing the owl with other animal figurines and the owl being used to hold a pen.

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

Walter Bosse (ウォルターボッセ) Owl/ふくろう


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

Dimensions: 38mm / 1.5″ tall

Additional information

Weight 66 g
Dimensions 20 × 42 mm