‘Green Parrot’ bronze by Bergman

‘Green Parrot’ bronze by Bergman
  • Josef Bergman Vienna Bronze Green Parrot 7804a
  • Josef Bergman Vienna Bronze Green Parrot 7804b
  • Josef Bergman Vienna Bronze Green Parrot 7804c
  • Josef Bergman Vienna Bronze Green Parrot 7804d
  • Josef Bergman Vienna Bronze Green Parrot 7804e
  • Josef Bergman Vienna Bronze Green Parrot 7804f
  • Josef Bergman Vienna Bronze Green Parrot 7804g
  • Josef Bergman Vienna Bronze Green Parrot 7804h
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  • Josef Bergman Vienna Bronze Green Parrot 7804w

A very fine early 20th Century Austrian bronze study of a standing green parrot with good cold painted colour and crisp hand finished detail, signed with the Bergman ‘B’ in an amphora vase

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£ 750

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Cold Painted Bronze

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Bergman Parrot

Franz Bergman Sculptures

Celebrated for his great attention to detail and wonderful vibrant colours, Franz Xavier Bergman (1861-1936) is, arguably, the most famous of the Viennese cold-painted bronze artists, delighting in producing Oriental and animal subjects, including the Bergman parrot, rabbits, foxes and horses.

His father, also Franz Bergman (1838–1894), was a professional chaser (embosser) from Gablonz, Austria who came to Vienna and founded a small bronze factory in 1860. Franz Xavier inherited the company and opened a new foundry in 1900. There he created numerous cold painted (so named because the numerous layers of polychrome paint, applied to the bronze, were not fired to fix them to the metal) figures. Many other bronzes were still based on designs by Franz Bergman, the elder.

Animal Subjects and the Bergman parrot

Animal figures, birds and the seated cat can, occasionally, be found for a few hundred pounds, though sculptures in pristine condition and larger figures can be worth several thousand pounds. Value is affected by condition. The cold painted decoration is relatively easy to damage and worn Enamel will reduce value considerably.

Look out for Bergman’s distinctive signature marks: a ‘B’ in a vase shape and ‘Nam Greb’. This latter, which reads ‘Bergman’ in reverse, was often used on his more erotic pieces, which were not to the taste of his more conservative clients or his family.

These include sensuous poses of young women in the Art Nouveau style, disguised by a covering that revealed all when a button was pushed or a lever moved. Carefully sculpted animals, such as bears, could often be opened to reveal an erotic female figure inside.

Bergman was noted for his detailed and colourful work. He signed with either a letter ‘B’ in an urn-shaped cartouche or ‘Nam Greb’ – ‘Bergman’ in reverse. These marks were used to disguise his identity on erotic works.

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