We are offering the ultimate piece for the avid Goberg collector. Everybody familiar with Goberg’s work knows how popular his owl motif is. This gong is the epitome of that owl theme. The piece stands 21.5 inches tall, is about 12 inches wide, and 5.75 inches deep. Hanging in the middle of the owl’s body is a sheet of solid shaped brass that is the gong. Accompanying the piece is the original striking mallet that still has the original leather covered head in really nice condition. In all respects this piece is a stunner. When sitting anywhere in a room it immediately draws attention. While made in 1910 it has a quality that allows it to fit in nicely with mid-century modern design or even today’s more eclectic styles. When Goberg made the piece he deliberately applied an oxidizing agent to the iron that produced a wonderful dark brown patina on all of the iron surfaces. A very small amount of that patina has worn off of some of the high spots over the years revealing some of the bare iron metal. This is very subtle, however, and actually adds an accent to the look of the piece. The front of the brass gong is the original brass surface, probably protected with a coat of varnish. The back of the brass gong has a nice consistent layer of greenish oxidation that was most likely deliberately developed. The only condition issue with the piece is that sometime in the distant past the brass gong developed a stress fracture in the upper right corner. Somebody once tried to braze it to repair it. From the front it appears as a small area of discoloration. From the back it is a bit more noticeable. Unfortunately, it did impact on the sound of the gong which made a dull thunk. When we obtained it the gong hung from two metal clips. We removed them (they are still present) and replaced them by hanging the gong with a piece of cord. (You can see the white cord in some of the photos.) If you wish to, the gong could easily be rehung on the hooks and you could remove the cord. As a result of using the cord it now sounds quite a bit better, but is still not perfect. Do not buy this item if the sound of the gong is critical to you. Obtain the piece because of its great look. This is possibly the finest piece of Goberg’s work that we have ever had or that you will ever see. Oh yes, it is signed underneath with a stamped “Goberg” and “ges gesch” which helps to verify its pedigree.
Known primarily for his hammered iron pieces, Goberg (HuGO BERGer) is best known for his wide ranging variety of candlesticks. Besides being considered a metal fabricator of the Arts & Crafts era, Goberg is also closely associated with the German Jugendstil or Secessionist movements of the same time period. Much of his work was sold through Liberty of London with pieces occasionally working their way to the U.S.
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