Antique Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Bergman Lamp, Vienna, Orientalist
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Antique Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Bergman Lamp, Vienna, Orientalist:
Fabulous antique Franz Bergman bronze lamp of the resting sentinel - dating to thelate 19th or the early 20th century. It has fabulous cold painted polychrome colors and it is truly stunningin person.
Lamp Size - Height 19in, Base is 8in long by 5in wide.
It is marked in two areas. Base is marked with Bergman amphora and signed Nam-Greb. There is alsomark Austria on the bottom of the carpet. Finally, there isBergman amphora marked on the back of the sitting sentinel - I've tried including twophotos where corners of the mark can be seen between the spokes on the back of the chair.
Look at the photos and enjoy the quality of this piece. It is truly amazing down to the rifle, yataghan and the shield. Additional photos and description are available on request.
This exactly same style bronze lamp sold at DuMouchelles on May 6, 2006 for $8500 plus buyers premium (at 20%, it is total price of $10,200). Next to the last photo shows the bronze sold at DuMouchelles. Another same type lamp sold as part of multi item lot at Bonhams for $19,200.
Another comparable record for a similar but slightly less desirable bronze is from June 27, 2010 sale at Burchard Galleries, which sold for $6500 plus buyers premium for a total price of $7800. Last photo shows this bronze.
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Good luck and you will not regret buying this piece considering long term value prospects ofbronze lampsmade by Bergman foundry.
Franz Xaver Bergmann (1861–1936) was the owner of a Viennese foundry who produced numerous patinated and cold-painted bronze Oriental, erotic and animal figures, the latter often humanized or whimsical, humorous objects d'art. Noted for his detailed and colorful work, and signing either a 'B' in an urn-shaped cartouche or 'Nam Greb' - 'Bergman' in reverse. These marks were used to disguise his identity on erotic works. His father Franz Bergmann was a professional chaser from Gablonz/Bohemia who came to Vienna and founded a small bronze factory in 1860. His son Franz Xaver Bergmann (1861 – 1936) inherited the company and opened a new foundry in 1900. Many of the bronzes from the 1900s were still based on designs from his fathers workshop. He was not a sculptor himself as often described wrongfully. There were many anonymous sculptors, hired temporarily by the workshops. At the turn of the 19th/20th Century there were about fifty workshops producing Vienna Bronzes. 'Cold painted bronze' refers to pieces cast in Vienna and then decorated in several layers with so called dust paint; the know-how for the mix of this kind of paint has been lost. The color was not fired hence "cold painted". The painting was carried out mainly by women working at home, a typical cottage industry.