This is a very rare Wiener (Vienna) bronze by Franz Bergmann cast in the traditional lost wax technique (cire perdu).
The scene depicts Adam and Eve in Paradise, (both created anatomically correct). One red apple is still on the tree and another one already in her hand. The evil serpent is watching the scene curled around the tree. By pressing the button, the scene shows how paradise was lost as Eve swings into Adam's arms in an intimate embrace.
DIMENSIONS: c. 6 " (15 cm) tall and 3 " (7.5 cm) across.
CONDITION: Very Good. No restoration, no repairs, no touch ups! In good working order mechanically. The overall condition is as you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been displayed/handled/used, usually over the lifetimes of several owners.
Provenance: Vienna Bronze Gallery.
About Franz Bergmann: The world renowned workshop which created great pieces with the highest quality level and the highest collectors and resale value! Franz Bergmann (1838 – 1894) was a professional chaser from Gablonz 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. From that time the Bergmann bronzes were marked with the "jar" mark and outstanding works were signed "Nam Greb" (Bergman spelled backwards). Many of the bronzes from the 1900s were still based on designs by Franz Bergmann the elder.
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