How wonderful to just stare at this fantastic figure. He is a signed Bergmann Vienna Bronze , dating from the early 20th Century, approximately 1900-1920.
Vienna bronzes were a popular Austrian industry with many foundries producing sculptures during the early 20th century. Franz Xaver Bergmann signed pieces are probably the most desirable and collectible of those works. Franz Xaver Bergmann (1861-1936) inherited a bronze factory from his father in 1900, which had been open since 1860, and added a new foundry at that time. His designs, many of which were taken from his father, were usually cold painted by numerous anonymous artists he employed. Cold painted bronzes referred to pieces cast in his foundry and then decorated in several layers with so- called dust paint, which was not subsequently fired. The Bergmann foundry closed in 1930.
The current figure, which is cold painted bronze in shades of white, red and black, shows a seated Arab, smoking his pipe. He is seated upon a Persian carpet. He is holding a red book in his hand. He is dressed all in white, with his turban having red trim. On the carpet sits a small octagonal shaped table with a white and blue coffee pot and cup and saucer resting on the top. It is one of the better Bergmann pieces that I have come across.
The piece measures 3" in length and is 2 1/2" wide. It stands 2 1/4" tall. It is hallmarked with a capital B, inside what looks like an urn, which is one of the Bergman standard hallmarks. The piece is in wonderful antique condition, with no obvious wear to the paint that I can see. An example of very fine craftsmanship, and a very desirable object which you should be proud to have in your collection.
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Signed Bergmann Cold Painted Vienna Bronze - Seated Arab Polychrome