Cold painted bronze cat fortune teller miniature sculpture figurine by Franz Bergman of Vienna features a whimsical character cat standing on his hind legs telling a fortune with a crystal ball and four cards on a table, including the Queen of Hearts, the Five of Hearts, the King of Spades and the Jack of Spades. The figure is finely detailed with whiskers and expertly hand painted eyes and mouth, rings in his ears and on his front legs or arms, and wearing a hand painted garland of flowers. He is totally decked out and at work making his fortune by telling yours. It would be a conversation piece and perfect in a doll house. It measures 1.75 inches tall and has only a bit of paint loss mostly on the paws. It bears the Austria mark, the initial B for the Franz Bergmann foundry, and an illegible mark that is probably the copyright mark Geschutzt. This charming figure is a fine example of Austrian cold painted bronze whimsical animals and humorous objects d’art of which the Viennese bronze foundries are known. It would make a fun dollhouse accessory and addition to a miniature collection.
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