This iconic coat rack by Carl Auböck (1900-1957) comes complete with eight detachable hooks, seven are double hooks and one is a single hook which is also marked ‘Auböck’ and ‘Made in Austria’. This simplistic and highly functional piece of furniture is known under Model Nr. 4547 and dates back to 1953.
Carl Auböck (1900-1957) began his apprenticeship as a bronze worker and chaser in his father’s workshop. From 1917 – 1919, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. After this, he followed his teacher Johannes Itten to the Bauhaus in Weitmar and became friends with the director, Walter Gropius. Little over a year later, he left in order to take over his father’s workshop in Vienna and raise a family. Here, through his circle of friends and acquaintances, he became convinced of the ideas of Adolf Loos and developed into an opponent of the Viennese workshops. The styles he developed in the early 1940s for everyday objects achieved cult status after the Second World War. At the end of the 1940s, he worked with his son Carl in the workshop. In 1954, he was awarded a total of four gold medals at the Triennale in Milan. In 2010, Auböck’s works were placed under protection by the Austrian Federal Monuments Office.
Signature / Marks: marked ‘Auböck’ and ‘Made in Austria’ on one hook
Dimensions: 78 cm height, 83 cm width, 9 cm depth
Condition: very good condition with minor traces of wear and age
Provenance: Austrian private collection
Literature comparison: Die Kataloge der Werkstätte Carl Aubock 1925-1975, Vienna, 2005 and Arbeiten der Werkstätte Carl Auböck Fotografiert von 1948-2005, Vienna, 2005
Auction result comparison: SOTHEBY’S, WYETH: THE ART OF TIMELESS DESIGN, 07 JUNE 2016, NEW YORK, lot 301 (for a near identical coat rack)