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Virtual Museum

Our Virtual Museum serves as a reference for collectors and documents the history of modern Vienna craft. While many of the items are displayed here for documentary purposes, some of these items are still being made and sold today in our shop. We also offer vintage items here in our Etsy shop.

Walter Bosse Master Collection

Vintage original masters by Walter Bosse and Herta Baller. Includes bronze sculptures and everyday objects used for casting which are about 20% larger than finished items cast from these masters. All have been sitting unused since the 1950s and came from the original collection of the Bosse/Baller company in Austria.

Walter Bosse Large & Useful Objects Austria – 1950s & Later

Vintage original Walter Bosse and Herta Baller large bronze sculptures and useful objects. Includes egg cups, ashtrays, dishes, corkscrews, pipe holders, candleholders, bottle openers, pretzel holders, toothpick holders and more.

Walter Bosse Miniatures – Austria 1950s & Later

Vintage original Walter Bosse and Herta Baller bronze miniatures and keychains.

Walter Bosse German Castings – 1960s & Later

Vintage original Walter Bosse miniatures and useful objects cast in Germany after 1960. Includes egg cups, ashtrays, dishes, corkscrews, pipe holders, candleholders, bottle openers, pretzel holders, toothpick holders and more in bronze and aluminum.

Walter Bosse Pewter & Other Materials – Austria 1970s & Later

Vintage original Walter Bosse and Herta Baller items made in fine pewter (from the 1980s) and other materials (nickel and silver plated). Aluminum items are from the 1970s.

Walter Bosse Ceramic

Vintage original Walter Bosse pottery and ceramics by Karlsruhe Majolika, Metzler & Ortloff and Achatit.

Werkstätte Hagenauer

Vintage original Hagenauer bronze, nickel and mahogany figurines, sculptures and objects.

Carl Auböck

Vintage original Carl Auböck bronze objects and printed wooden boxes.

Richard Rohac Bronze

Vintage original Richard Rohac bronze figurines.

Other Copies of Bosse Designs

Vintage copies of Walter Bosse bronze figures from England, France, Taxco Mexico, Israel, and Austria.

Walter Bosse Markings

Authentic Walter Bosse items have a variety of markings and were quite often unmarked. Early markings include: “AUSTRIA”, “BOSSE AUSTRIA” and “BALLER AUSTRIA”. Later markings include: “MADE IN GERMANY” and “HANDMADE IN AUSTRIA” foil sticker. All authentic Bosse reproductions are stamped with “BOSSE AUSTRIA”.

Hagenauer and Austrian Brass Markings

Werkstätte Hagenauer marked items with circular “WHW” logo, “KARL”, “MADE IN AUSTRIA”, “Handmade” and “HAGENAUER WIEN”. Hagenauer’s circular logo was not designed until 1925 so pieces before then were often unmarked or marked with just the Austria stamp. Carl Auböck pieces are marked with a script “Auböck”, “MADE IN AUSTRIA” or were also often unmarked. Richard Rohac split off from Hagenauer and started his own business producing collectible figures in the 1950s. Early items were unmarked with most items stamped with a curved “MADE IN AUSTRIA” and backward facing “RR” in a square logo. The “RR” logo is often confused for denoting “Rena Rosenthal” which it does not. Below are examples of authentic markings.

24 Responses to Virtual Museum

  1. Krystalyn says:

    This is way more helpful than antyhing else I’ve looked at.

  2. Anna Weiss says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is a GREAT reference. I will keep returning. Thank you so much for making this available. Amazing job.

  3. mrs jennifer gregory says:

    Could you give me some informaton on waler bosse ceramic angel wall sconces , date ect thank you

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  5. Michael says:

    lovely collection, like it so much, not easy to find anything adequate in the web, thumbs up. Go on collecting. I´m curious all the time what´s new.

  6. Frank says:

    Hi, I have coat hooks by Walter bosse. Very nice to they are animal and 2 negro heads of girls 5 in total All for sale email me for pics and prices .

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  8. ken forster says:

    I saw peasant-figure tiles in my Bosse book, but no sizes were noted. I aasume they are between 15 and 20 cm. Can you confirm this, please?

  9. mike says:

    great museum,can you tell me if any large bronzes app 600cm where produced of girls dancing or excersizing with hoops,very much decco style,regards mike

  10. Stefania Fig says:

    I have a brass sculpture which is stunning and I would like to know if its the Aubock era.

    Thank you for any research or help with this piece. It is extremely heavy! 🙂 Muito Obrigado!

  11. Robert Addis says:

    I have found a strange piece and am looking for information on my find..
    In detail it is a mouse with a pointed tail, pointed nose and pointed ears. It is standing on its hind legs and is approximately 2′ tall. On the bottom or base is says “MADE IN AUSTRIA” and what I see a small circle with letters that I can not seems to make out. In all, It looks a lot like the Werkstätte Hagenauer mouse, marked with a WHW, on this page. I guess my questions are.. Where can I find more information on this piece? Can someone on here assist me?

  12. margo beylen says:

    I’m hoping you can tell me about a reproduction I bought of a piggy bank made in Mexico. Do you know if these are being made currently or if these were copies made starting in the 60’s. I thought i was getting an old one but it looks suspiciously brand new. Thanks in advance for you help.

    • Modern Vienna Bronze says:

      The black & gold pieces that were made in Mexico (marked Taxco, usually) were definitely made decades ago, not recently. There used to be a small brass casting community in Taxco, but it hasn’t been done there for a long time. Usually the craftsmanship of those pieces is quite good—better than most copies of Bosse designs made in Europe.

  13. JoAnn Richards says:

    I am a button collector. I am fortunate to have some of Walter Bosse’s buttons. I will be giving a program to my button club May 12th on these buttons. I would love to be able to pronounce Bosse correctly. Have been all over the web trying to find the pronunciation. Can you help? thanks so much.

  14. Annika Johansson says:

    I have a hand mirror that is marked Austrai Baller
    There is an African woman’s face.
    The handle is the women’s throat with many neck rings around
    Length is approximately 23 cm

    When I found this amazing digital museum but do not see a mirror, I thought to take this opportunity to ask if it is authentic and made ​​by Walter Bosse or by someone else, if so, how old it may be?

    Annika from Sweden

  15. I have a Gnome with a shovel and a rake marked “made in Germany”. I don’t see a Gnome in your pictures, do you think it is Bosse? Thanks so very much for your website!

    • Modern Vienna Bronze says:

      Yes! Bosse made Gnomes with little rakes and shovels. Not sure what they were originally used for but he made quite a number of versions of them.

  16. Christine SGD Kohler says:

    Good morning,
    I found a lovely hand ashtray. He is marked “graeter” or something like that. Is it a fake? Or what does it mean?
    Many thanks for your feedback.
    Ch. Kohler

  17. Edward Stanza says:

    Hello I recently purchased a small ceramic figure of Aa violinist. It’s marked “Bosse”
    Are these valuable? I love it regardless

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