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Franz Bergman Fox

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Artist: Franz Xavier Bergman (1861 -1936)

A fine, large, bronze model of a curios fox by Franz Xavier Bergman (1861 -1936). The colour of the perfect and original patina produced by the careful application of toned lacquers rather than the more usual pigmented paints. Marked to the base with the foundry's impressed 'B' in a vase. Vienna, Austria, circa 1910.

Franz Bergmann is often incorrectly described as a sculptor which he was not; he was a foundry owner. His workshops employed, on a temporary basis, many anonymous sculptors, amongst them Bruno Zach who employed Bergmann to edit and cast some of his works. At the turn of the 19th century there were about fifty workshops producing Vienna bronzes.

'Cold-painted bronze' refers to pieces cast in Vienna and then decorated using several layers of so-called dust paint; the know-how for the mix of this kind of paint has since been lost. The color was not fired hence 'cold painted'. This painting was carried out mainly by women working at home, a typical cottage industry.


9.5 inches high

Item Code: 1807

£ 8500

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