This fine old Austrian bronze depicts a Capercaillie perching on a branch with a mountainous background. It's rectangular shape of this dish makes it extremely utilitarian.
This is a creation by Krupp/Berndorf, made in what was the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. (Arthur Krupp was from Berndorf, Austria. ) The Krupp firm was founded in the 19th century by a branch of the famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) German family by that name. After Austria was annexed by Germany in 1938, the Arthur Krupp firm was integrated into the vast Krupp organization. In the early decades of the century, the Krupp firm manufactured many designs by notable members of the Vienna secession. The firm also executed designs by the Wiener Werkstätte.
I find the rather unusual bird, the capercaillie, very appealing. The workmanship is quite nice as well.
Size: 6 " (15 cm) long and 2 5/8 " (8.7 cm) wide.
Condition: 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
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