Large Austrian cold-painted bronze parrot "Ara"

  • 6,700 EUR

Artist/Maker: attributed to Franz Bergman

Artist/Maker Dates: 1861 - 1936

Place of Production: Austria, Vienna

Date of Production: beg. of 20th century

Materials: bronze, paint

Height: 77.5 cm.


Like new

Condition notes: The trunk of a tree is restored, wear consistent with age and use


Franz Xaver Bergmann was an Austrian businessman best known for his foundry, the Bergmann Foundry, which produced numerous pieces of Viennese bronze—small, often whimsical bronzes that were popular with collectors from the late 19th to the early 20th century. Born in 1861, Bergmann inherited the foundry from his father in 1896, who had established it in 1840. The Bergmann Foundry became famous for its detailed and colorful pieces.

Bergmann is particularly noted for his patinated and polychrome bronzes; his workshops specialized in creating small sculptures with intricate details, often depicting animals, human figures from various cultures, erotic figures, and other whimsical subjects. Despite the playful nature of many of the subjects, these bronzes are considered fine art due to their craftsmanship and the level of detail.

After his death in 1936, his son took over the foundry and continued operations until 1954. The legacy of Bergmann’s bronzes continues, as they remain highly collectible and are appreciated for their artistic quality and historical value.

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