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Franz Xaver Bergmann, Koran Scribe, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, Ca. 1900



This wonderful life-like sculpture depicts a Koran scriber, who, bending his legs under him, holds sheets of paper in his hands, on which he transcribes verses from the Koran lying in front of him on a special stand. There is an inkwell and a writing instrument at his feet on the prayer rug. This little masterpiece is created in polychrome cold-painted bronze, and rendered in the best traditions of the world-famous Viennese foundry of Franz Xavier Bergmann. The quality of the casting is superb, as well as the cold-painted surfaces. The sculpture retains original colors and patina. Dimensions: Height: 3.5 inches (8.75cm) Length: 5.75 inches (14.37cm) Width: 3.5 inches (8.75cm) Franz Xaver Bergmann (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, Bergmann 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. Often, the sculptures are also marked with model number and stamped “GESHUTZED” (German for “PROTECTED”).


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)Width: 5.75 in. (14.61 cm)Depth: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)
  • Style
    Art Nouveau (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1900
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. We make our best effort to provide a fair and descriptive condition report. Please examine photos attentively, as they are part of the description. Send us a message to request more details or discuss price.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2819325646452

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