Walter Bosse whimsical patinated brass fish tray, designed in the 1950's and produced by Herta Baller, Vienna, Austria
Walter Bosse modernist brass tray in the form of a whimsical fish, Baller Austria
detail of craftsmanship on Herta Baller Austria brass fish tray designed by Walter Bosse 1950's
Handmade modernist fish tray designed by Walter Bosse, 1950's and produced by Baller Austria
Two mid century modernist Walter Bosse fish trays, modern vienna bronze made in Austria by Herta Baller workshop
Walter Bosse "Moonfish" Tray
Walter Bosse "Moonfish" Tray
Walter Bosse "Moonfish" Tray
Walter Bosse "Moonfish" Tray
Walter Bosse "Moonfish" Tray
Herta Baller Austria stamp on the base of a Walter Bosse brass fish
Base of Walter Bosse Herta Baller patinated brass fish tray 1950's
A collection of three Modernist Walter Bossepatinated brass fish, handmade in Vienna Austria at Herta Baller workshop
Baller Austria

Walter Bosse "Moonfish" Tray

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An elegant and charming polished & patinated brass tray in the form of a fish designed by Walter Bosse for Herta Baller, Austria. Dating back to the early 1950s, this collectable dish belongs to Bosse's renowned ‘black-golden’ line of cast brass sculptures and home accessories in the form of animals.

Designed to "make as many people as possible happy", the ‘black-golden’ line was Bosse’s response to the enduring drear of post-war years in Central Europe.
The tray captures the Modernist essence of a fish with its sleek and streamlined form. The face & simplistic crescent moon shaped 'scales' have been picked out being raised & polished. What is most brilliant about Bosse's design is how the beady eye, half-open gormless mouth, and comically round body allow people to understand, and smile at, the particular character of this fish.

Designer: Walter Bosse

Manufacturer: Herta Baller

Year of Design: C. 1950

Dates Produced: C. 1950-55

Colour: Black, gold

Height: 2 cm, Width: 10 cm, Depth: 8 cm

Condition: Perfect

Branding: Herta Baller stamp