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Franz Xavier Bergman, A Cat, Miniature Vienna Bronze Sculpture ca. 1900

US$800

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This highly collectible miniature desk sculpture of a cat is made of cold-painted bronze in the best traditions of the world-famous Viennese foundry of Franz Xavier Bergman. The black-gray-white coloration of the cat looks so natural that, if it were not for the miniature size of the figurine, one would imagine that it is alive. Franz Xaver Bergman (1861–1936) was the owner of a Viennese foundry who produced numerous patinated and cold-painted bronze oriental, erotic and animal figures, the latter often humanized or whimsical, humorous objects d'art. Cold painted bronze refers to pieces cast in Vienna and then decorated in several layers with so-called dust paint; the expertise for the mix of this kind of paint has been lost. The color was not fired hence "cold painted". Mainly women working at home, a typical cottage industry, carried out the painting. Noted for his detailed and colorful work, Bergman was signing his creations with either a "B" in an urn-shaped cartouche, or "Nam Greb" - for "Bergman" in reverse. These marks used to disguise his identity on the erotic works. Dimensions: Height 1-7/8 inches Width 3-1/2 inches Depth 1-1/4 inches.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 1.88 in. (4.78 cm)Width: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)Depth: 1.25 in. (3.18 cm)
  • Style
    Art Nouveau (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1900-1909
  • Date of Manufacture
    1900
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. We make our best effort to provide a fair and descriptive condition report. Please examine the photos attentively. Send us a message to request more details or discuss price.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2819315720091

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