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Vienna Bergman Bronze Figurine Smith with Anvil and Gearwheel, circa 1922

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Gorgeous Vienna bronze item made by famous manufactory Bergman(n), circa 1922: There is a well-built figurine of a smith visible - it is attached to round flat bronze plinth which is fixed on marble base on which a bronze board with dedication is existing / following characters in German language can be read there: 'Unserem lieben Klassenvater Herrn Prof.Ing. P.Gneist in Dankbarkeit gewidmet. Die Maturanten von 1922-23' (= In gratitude for our highly esteemed form teacher professor and engineer P.Gneist. The Highschool Graduates of 1922-23). The smith's figurine is of stunning liveliness (the details are amazingly sculptured): The muscular man holds a hammer supported by anvil / the figurine's right leg is resting on a gearwheel / additionally, the smith holds a small model of a steam engine in raised left hand: Obviously this figurine symbolizes the power of engineering. Signature NamGreb (BERGMAN(N)'S FIRM SIGN, read from behind and occasionally used by Bergman) is engraved at figurine's backside (area below) / the character 'B' enclosed into an urn-shaped cartouche (= sign of Viennese Bergmann manufactory) is visible there, too: Both signatures are well legible. Bibliography about Viennese Bronzes: Ernst Hrabalek, Vienna Bronze (A Viennese Tradition in Artistic Perfection, Munich 1991) Measures: Diameter of base: 8.3 cm (= 3.26 inches) Total height: 26.0 cm (= 10.23 inches) - marble base included Height of bronze figurine only: 21.0 cm (= 8.26 inches) Made circa 1922. Detailed informations about Viennese Bergmann manufactory: Franz Xaver Bergman (or 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. Noted for his detailed and colorful work, and signing either a 'B' in an urn-shaped cartouche or 'Nam Greb' - 'Bergman' in reverse. These marks were used to disguise his identity on erotic works. His father Franz Bergmann was a professional chaser from Gablonz / Bohemia who came to Vienna and founded a small bronze factory in 1860. His son Franz Xaver Bergmann (1861 – 1936) inherited the company and opened a new foundry in 1900. Many of the bronzes from the 1900s were still based on designs from his fathers workshop. [ WIKIPEDIA ] Condition: Excellent (there aren't any damages existing).
  • Creator:
    Bergmann Foundry (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 10.23 in (25.99 cm)Diameter: 3.26 in (8.29 cm)
  • Style:
    Other (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Bronze,Marble,Patinated
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1922
  • Condition:
    there aren't any imperfections / damages existing.
  • Seller Location:
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU1014412638612
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