Walter Bosse Vintage Cow Toothpick Holder, c. 1950s


This cow 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 toothpick holder. This modernist cow from the 1950s is in great condition with good patina. Originally designed to be used as a toothpick holder or candleholder. Unmarked. Last image shows a page from the 1950s Walter Bosse catalog photo shoot with the cow toothpick holder and a Herta Baller catalog page with the cow under #653.

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

ウォルター・ボッセ – 牛

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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.

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Materials: Bronze/brass

Dimensions: 70 mm / 2.75″ long

Additional information

Weight 108 g
Dimensions 70 × 54 mm


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