Presenting a wonderful signed Bergmann Vienna Bronze, dating from the early 20th Century. It is a figure of a seated Arab with a rifle.
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.
This piece is relatively large, with a height of 4 1/2" and a width of about 4". The Arab is dressed all in white and his gun is dark brown. The robe shows such attention to detail with beautiful folds and draping, as only a master like Bergmann can do.. The piece is cold painted, or polychromed.
It is signed on the front right corner saying AUSTRIA and has the Bergman B in the cartouche.
He is in good antique condition, with only some slight paint chipping to his white robe.
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Signed Bergmann Vienna Bronze Seated Arab With Rifle Polychrome