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Bergmann Foundry Furniture

Austrian

Globally celebrated Austrian metalworker Franz Xaver Bergman(n) is known for his bronze statuettes and figurines, which are rich with personality and alive with color. 

Bergmann's father, Franz Bergmann, Sr., apprenticed under Josef Ott and became a professional caster and chaser, and moved from Gablonz, Bohemia, to Vienna in 1860, where he opened a small foundry. There, he used what he’d learned about naturally patinating bronzes and created popular figurines and sculptures. At the turn of the century, Franz Xaver inherited the company from his father and opened a second foundry. 

At the Bergmann Foundry, Franz Xaver Bergmann created numerous bronze figures, employing a technique now known as “cold painting” that has since been lost to time. Bergmann’s early works were based on his father’s molds. He hired local workers to cast his own designs.

Bergmann’s works encompass an immense variety of subject matter. His foundry created bronzes of humanized animals, mythological creatures and animals in natural poses. Many of his statuettes are representative of his fondness for faraway lands and peoples, with a great number of his works depicting Native American, Asian, Persian and Arabian cultures. He's also known to have created some risqué Art Nouveau figurines — to some collectors, the Bergmann Foundry is known for its sculptures of women in various sensuous poses wearing ingeniously executed removable articles of bronze clothing.

Franz Xaver Bergmann’s recognized maker’s mark was a capital “B” inside a scrolled horseshoe, but Bergmann would employ the pseudonym "Nam Greb" — the reverse of his last name — on his racier pieces in order to keep his more conservative and conventional customers from connecting his name to those works. 

Bergmann had to close his company’s doors in 1930 owing to the financial strains that came with the Great Depression. He died in 1936 before the company could open again. His son, Robert Bergmann, reopened the foundry many years later and continued to own and operate it until his death in 1954.

Karl Fuhrmann & Co. purchased what remained of the Bergmann Foundry after Robert died. Franz Xaver Bergmann’s cast-bronze figures endure to this day and are highly prized by collectors and enthusiasts of figurative art.

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Creator: Bergmann Foundry
Antique Vienna Bronze sculpture of a cat from Bergman, Austria, ca. 1900
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Autonomous City Buenos Aires, CABA
Antique Vienna bronze sculpture of a cat by Bergman. Stamped FB and Geschutzt. Cold painted patina. This model is illustrated in “Antique Vienna bronzes” by Joseph Zobel. Schiffer. M...
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Orientalist Cold Painted Vienna Bronze Man on Rug, Writing, by Franz Bergmann
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Petaluma, CA
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Orientalist Cold Painted Vienna Bronze, Man Beside Camel, by Bergmann Foundry
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Petaluma, CA
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Cold Painted Vienna Bronze, Young Boy Fisherman, attr. Bergmann Foundry ca. 1900
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Orientalist Cold Painted Vienna Bronze, Young Boy, Signed, Bergmann Foundry
By Bergmann Foundry
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Orientalist Cold Painted Vienna Bronze Young Girl, Bergmann Signature ca. 1900
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Petaluma, CA
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Austrian Cold Painted Peacock w/ Bergmann Signature, ca. 1910
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Petaluma, CA
This large and colorful bronze peacock is the work of Franz Bergmann. Signed on the back with his signature of a "B" inside an urn. Amazing detail and high quality work make this a ...
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Orientalist Cold Painted Vienna Bronze Young Boy Seated Near Fire Logs, Signed
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Petaluma, CA
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Vienna Bronze Sculpture, "Les Nains à la Roulette"
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Cold Painted Orientalist Vienna Bronze, Young Boy w/Large Urn, Bergmann Foundry
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Petaluma, CA
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Cold Painted Vienna Bronze Young Boy, Signed Bergmann Foundry, ca. 1900
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Petaluma, CA
This highly detailed cast and and cold painted Vienna bronze was made by the premier maker of this genre, Franz Bergmann. Signed with his foundry mark on the base. That style base u...
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Orientalist Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Lamp w/ 2 Figures Inside a Small Room
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Petaluma, CA
This charming little scene depicted here is so colorful and detailed that it could only have been executed by the premier maker of these bronzes, Franz Bergmann. It does bear his signature with the letter "B" inside an urn. What makes this so extra special is its diminutive size. Normally these smaller examples lack the quality of work that is seen here. The fact that it is a lamp is always a bonus and lit up at night in your home can only bring warmth and joy to the owner. The curtain is so crisply cast that it almost looks like fabric. It's all done with such attention to detail. A great example of an antique Vienna bronze lamp.
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Antique Vienna Bronze Sculpture of a Cat by Bergman, Austria, ca. 1900
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique Vienna bronze sculpture of a cat by Bergman. Stamped FB and Geschutzt. Cold painted patina. This model is illustrated in “Antique Vienna bronzes“ by Joseph Zobel. Schiffer. More information: “Bronzes de Vienne...
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19th Century Bergman Bronze Arab Sitting on Marble Base
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Brighton, Sussex
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Vienna Bergman Bronze Arab Man on Carpet Selling Egypt Antiquities, circa 1890
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Vienna, AT
Stunning bronze figurine group: Arab man clad in mantel (fireplace) selling Egypt antiquities. An Arab man with turban is busy with presenting Egypt f...
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Vienna Bergman Bronze Figurine Smith with Anvil and Gearwheel, circa 1922
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Vienna, AT
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Gilded Austrian Bronze Inkwell / Pen Rest, Signed Bergmann
By Bergmann Foundry
Located in Bath, GB
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Franz Xavier Bergman, A Cat, Miniature Vienna Bronze Sculpture ca. 1900
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Vienna Bergman Bronze Oriental Lady Lying on Carpet, circa 1900
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This delightful cold-painted bronze lamp was crafted by the famous Viennese foundry owner, Franz Xavier Bergman. Franz Xavier inherited the Bergman Foundry from his father, Franz Bergman, in the 1890s. Frans Xavier employed several skilled artists to create a variety of bronze groups (often animals), Oriental scenes and erotica. Such works were often ‘cold-painted’, meaning that several layers of paint were applied by hand to the bronze piece after it had been cast. These items are now considered highly collectable. The lamp takes the form of a tall, multi-storeyed and charmingly-wonky timber and brick building. The house is faced with yellow plaster and roofed with red tiles. It is dotted with green-grilled windows of varying shape and size, and features a small turret on its right side. A door opens on the left side of the middle storey, to allow access to the light bulb contained there. When turned on, the light produced by the bulb shines atmospherically out through the house’s coloured windows. To the right of the building, a minstrel stands on stone steps, and sings along to a tune he plays on his mandolin. The hanging sign of a boot projects out from the house on the left, identifying the building as a cobbler’s shop. Indeed, the two large oak doors...
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Bergmann Foundry furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Bergmann Foundry furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Bergmann Foundry furniture, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Bergmann Foundry were created in the Art Nouveau style in europe during the early 20th century. Prices for Bergmann Foundry furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $895 and can go as high as $6,813, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,544.

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