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[Item No. 17-T0004]
Walter Bernhard Haggenmacher (1882-1969) was born in the northern Swiss city of Winterthur. He studied at “Lehr- und Versuchsatelier für angewandte und freikunst” (Instructional and Trial Workshops for Applied and Fine Art) under Wilhelm Debschitz (1871-1948, German painter and interior designer) and Hermann Obrist (1862-1927, Swiss Jungendstil sculptor) from 1904-1906. Obrist focused on training sculptors, while Debschitz focused on the artists and management of the school. From 1904 the school promoted artistic developments in a number of spheres, including commercial commissions, furniture design and metal, textile and ceramic works. It grew to be highly influential, training important artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Paul Klee also worked there for a time as an assistant in the figure-drawing course. By 1910 the school had become the largest private institution of its kind in Germany providing a model for the later Bauhaus, whose founder Walter Gropius stayed in touch with Debschitz and visited the school on at least one occasion. Haggenmacher stayed in Munich, Berchtesgaden, Furstenfeldbruck and Pasing where he was known as a silversmith for his unique metal work and damask patterns. In 1930 he returned to Winterthur and continued his metal work until his death in 1969.
W.Haggenmacher’s affinity for damask patterning in his metal work is evident in this highly stylized base framing the rich ebony wood towering from the center.
The electric components and brass hardware are from the Swiss lighting design manufacturer Bronzewarenfarik AG, Turgi Switzerland.
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