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 open edition 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. Open edition set comes with certificate of authenticity.

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Walter Bosse Bronze Hedgehog Ashtrays

Proudly reintroducing Walter Bosse’s legendary nesting hedgehog ashtrays.

Modern Vienna Bronze is proud to offer a new open edition of Walter Bosse’s iconic six nesting hedgehog ashtrays. These famous nesting creatures were out of production for decades, and now is your chance to own them in brand new condition, straight from Bosse's original master molds.

Designed by Walter Bosse, circa 1950s.

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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

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

Additional information

Weight 2000 g
Dimensions 122 mm