A FINE LARGE AUSTRIAN COLD-PAINTED BRONZE

Price: £1480
Stock No. 5162/k

FRANZ XAVER BERGMANN**: a good large Austrian (“Vienna”) cold-painted BRONZE SCULPTURE of an Arab “Deliver of Messages” or perhaps postman. This fine figure captures all the pride of his occupation, as the moustached gentleman, wearing a red turban, strides forward, stick in his right hand whilst holding a letter in his left and a large tasseled bag of mail over his shoulder. Signed under the base with the Bergmann trademark (“B” in an urn) and “Gesch” (short for Geschultz; meaning Copyright). Fine condition with virtually all of the original detailed paintwork intact. 23.5cms high.  c1900.

** Franz Xaver BERGMANN inherited the Vienna metalwork company from his parents and opened a new foundry in 1900. The production continued there of high quality patinated; cold-painted and most detailed bronzes, including animals; figures (some erotic) and whimsical objets d’arts to great fame. The foundry closed in 1930, due to the Depression and he died in 1936.