Franz Xavier Bergman, Lizard, Vienna Bronze Sculptural Paperweight, circa 1900 For Sale
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Franz Xavier Bergman, Lizard, Vienna Bronze Sculptural Paperweight, circa 1900

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Marked with "B" in an urn-shaped cartouche. This real size life-like bronze lizard desk paperweight is a perfect example of the little masterpieces in cold-painted bronze, created by the world-famous Viennese foundry of Franz Xavier Bergman. 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 know-how for the mix of this kind of paint has been lost. The color was not fired hence "cold painted". The painting was carried out mainly by women working at home, a typical cottage industry. 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 were used to disguise his identity on the erotic works.  

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  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1900
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    Cold-PaintedBronze
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 1.5 in. x W 6 in. x D 10 in.H 3.81 cm x W 15.24 cm x D 25.4 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU2819310533731
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