Walter Bosse Vintage Nesting Hedgehog Ashtray Set, c. 1950s


This iconic set of hedgehogs is a classic of mid century modern design. Designed by Walter Bosse, an expert craftsman from the golden age of Vienna bronzes. His “black/gold” line of animals was crafted to make “as many people as possible happy.” Copied millions of times over, offered here is an authentic set from the 1950s.

An original vintage example of Walter Bosse’s most famous design from the 1950’s. This complete set of 6 stacking hedgehog ashtrays is in excellent original condition with good original patina. The casting quality is excellent with smooth finishing and excellent detail. The polishing is subtle and feathered. Baby is well detailed, cast and finished with excellent quality. Has small drilled eyes and fully formed legs. Spines are tall and rounded, the nose is a good length and slightly upturned at the end and the legs are nice and long. All these attributes show this is an early set. Comes with all 6 hedgehog ashtrays that stack up and nest inside each other. Made of solid brass with a beautiful dark black matte patina and polished spines.

Unmarked. Last two images show a page from an original Walter Bosse catalog circa the 1960s and an original advertisement for his hedgehog ashtrays.

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 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

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

Additional information

Weight 2000 g
Dimensions 122 mm