Modernist Mid Century Hagenauer Walter Bosse Vienna Brass Whale Ashtray 1950s For Sale
Modernist Mid Century Hagenauer Walter Bosse Vienna Brass Whale Ashtray 1950s
This is a terrific brass figurine, a mid-century modern design by Walter Bosse in Vienna in the 1950s, and made either by him or maybe by his partner, Herta Baller.
The modernist fat-bellied whale is an ashtray, and has great character - his mouth is open with a cheeky grin, with two dips in the rim to hold cigarettes, and he has a perky tail. (See here, second section, 2nd row, 2nd in from left - for a similar Bosse whale).
The whale is in great condition with no damage and only light wear. Heisunmarked, as was common. Heweighs 233 gm, and I estimate the final packaged weight will be around 500 gms; he measures 12 cm/4.75" high.
Please ask any questions and good luck with the offerding!
Paypal is preferred with no extra charge, but I will also accept personal cheques or postal orders, or for those who prefer to collect in person, cash in £. For International customers, Paypal is the only acceptable payment option.
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The buyer is responsible for paying all packaging and posting costs.
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I pack professionally and with great care and attention to detail to ensure the safe shipping of your purchases. I buy in my packaging materials new, and also recycle where possible, and I do allow a few pence in the posting costs towards the packaging materials and time.
Where practical, I am always happy to combine items in one parcel. Please ask for a quote.
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The International prices are based on 2 rates: all European countries, or USA, Australia, Asia and anywhere else in the world.
I will ship by International Airmail Recorded Signed For Small Packets to anywhere in the world. Sorry, but Surface Mail is not an option.
I will happily combine items in one package if practical, but any package weighing over 2kg is stupidly expensive to ship abroad, and 2 parcels may be cheaper.
The prices quoted above do not include compensation, which is not available from the Royal Mail anywhere outside the UK. Compensation for international parcels is only available for non-delivery or loss from Parcelforce Worldwide, and then only for certain categories of goods. If you would like a quote for Parcelforce, do ask, but be aware it is very expensive. There is no compensation available for damage - but don't let this bother you as I do pack superbly, as my many satisfied customers testify in their response.
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