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Austrian Design - Around 170 famous Austrian design objects from the nineteen-twenties to the nineteen-sixties, on 29th February 2012, at Dorotheum.


An armchair by Josef Frank, ca. 1930,
estimate € 2.000 - 3000

A tree table by Carl Auböck a custrom-made
for the apartment for Judith Holzmeister,
estimate € 3.400 - 4.200

4 chairs by Julius Jirasek, Vienna ca. 1950,
estimate € 1.800 - 2.600

Serving Trolley by Oswald Haerdtl, ca. 1935,
estimate € 3.400 - 4.500

A cupboard by Anna Lülja-Praun,
estimate € 5.000 - 8.000

To further our international audience's knowledge and appreciation of the quality of Austrian design is among the declared aims of the auction „Austrian Design“ on 29th February 2012 at Vienna Dorotheum.
Around 170 famous Austrian design objects from the nineteen-twenties to the nineteen-sixties will come up for auction together with quintessential works of later periods. 

The auction's focal point is provided by the collection of the „Vienna Design Tradition“, an alliance founded in 2008 by committed Austrian design experts Markus Pernhaupt, Dagmar Moser, Christof Stein (lichterloh Kunsthandel), Renate and Patrick Kovacs (Kunsthandel), and Harald Bichler (Rauminhalt Design), who over the years carefully acquired objects from various private collections. 

Moderate prices characterise an auction selection ranging from Josef Frank, a pioneer of modern functional design, and his company "Haus und Garten", to famous architectural designs by Oswald Haerdtl, Fritz Reichel, Hugo George, Roland Rainer, or Johannes Spalt, as well as including startling works by Julius Jirasek from the nineteen-fifties (for Hagenauer) or items from the "Sonett" range of steel wire furniture. Particularly close attention will be paid to the professional and private histories of such internationally renowned proponents of Austro-Design as Auböck, Hagenauer, and Kalmar. 

To cite some representative prices: An orange-red armchair by Josef Frank, ca. 1930, produced for the Thonet Brothers has been estimated at between 2.000 and 3.000 Euro. A 147cm tall cupboard by interior- and furniture designer Anna Lülja-Praun (1906-2004), designed during the nineties to hold a TV set for a private Swiss client, is expected to fetch 5.000 to 8.000 Euro. A serving trolley by Oswald Haerdtl, ca. 1935, has been valued at 3.400 to 4.500 Euro, and a tree table by Carl Auböck, a custom-made for the apartment of Judith Holzmeister at 3.400 to 4.200 Euro.


Austrian Design, 29. February 2012

Public Viewing:
from 22. February 2012

Dr Gerti Draxler, Tel. +43-1-515 60-226,

Palais Dorotheum, 1010 Wien, Dorotheergasse 17

Press Office:
Mag. Doris Krumpl, Tel. +43-1-515 60-406,


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