A Franz Bergmann Bronze "Cold Painted" Bronze Lamp
A FRANZ BERGMANN BRONZE ""COLD PAINTED"" BRONZE LAMP
Austria, Circa 1900
/"REST BY MINARET". A large bronze table lamp, exquisitely detailed lamp in the form of a tent with a domed top, the interior with resting man, the back stamped with the Bergman foundry seal above the inscription Geschutzt. Franz Xavier 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. 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 father’s workshop. '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".
Very good condition.
14 x 8 x 6 inches (35.6 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm).