I am pleased to present with Wright the first curated, stand-alone auction featuring the work of the Austrian national treasure, Carl Auböck II. With the help of my colleague Clemens Kois, author of the definitive book on the Auböck Werkstätte, I have selected over three hundred works that have been acquired over the years from notable collectors in the United States and Europe, as well as select works from Mr. Kois’s personal collection. Additionally, works were also obtained directly from the archive of Carl Auböck IV of Vienna, who has kindly also vetted the sale.
I began collecting Auböck over twenty years ago, and my collection has grown from a single brass egg to over five hundred pieces at one point. After decades of being forgotten, Carl Auböck II is now back in the forefront of the historical design discussion. Posthumously he is once again receiving the same amount of critical attention he received while he was alive, when the Workshop won four Compasso d’Oro awards at the Triennale di Milano in 1951, 1954 and 1957.
The Auböck Werkstätte designed over 4,500 unique designs throughout its lifespan, during which Carl’s son Carl Auböck III, was also an active contributor. For a father and son to have designed so many unique designs is unheard of, and is an amazing feat in its own right. I offer with this sale, a broad yet focused group of objects that range from paperweights to furniture. While I've concentrated mostly on presenting the rare and uncommon pieces of his oeuvre, I've also included the classics that got me hooked on collecting Auböck in the first place.
— Patrick Parrish