This is a lovely bronze sculpture of a sparrow, made in the cold paint technique that became so popular in Vienna at the turn of the century. The cold-painted technique is quite special, and today proves to be a lost art. It became mastered by artists such as Franz Bergman, casting bronzes to be painted with several layers of dust paint. The paint remained unfired and therefore unfixed to the bronze. These art-works are often delicate pieces, with visible layers of radiant colors that are "cold painted”.
This piece is masterfully rendered. The sparrow is incredibly accurate in its details. The creature’s wings are beautifully decorated and lifelike. The craftsmanship of this piece is excellent, as is to be expected of the Austrian cold-painters, who were known for their highly realistic creatures. The piece is in very good condition for its age. Although the sparrow is missing one of its toes, this is hardly noticeable. It dates to the 1890's and is unmarked. During this time many cold painted bronzes remained unsigned because they were manufactured by artisans in bronze ateliers. Bergman was the most renowned of his time and during the bronze boom of the early 20th Century in Austria he was among a handful of artist that signed their pieces.
This piece has the measurements of 5.00 x 3.00 x 3.00 inches. This figure makes a lovely table top piece, a decorative sculpture, or even a paper weight, perfect for an animal lover.