Standing Kingfisher

Standing Kingfisher
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  • Bergman Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Kingfisher
  • Bergman Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Kingfisher 4791a
  • Bergman Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Kingfisher 4791b
  • Bergman Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Kingfisher 4791c
  • Bergman Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Kingfisher 4791d
  • Bergman Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Kingfisher 4791e
  • Bergman Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Kingfisher 4791f
  • Bergman Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Kingfisher 4791g
  • Bergman Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Kingfisher 4791h
  • Bergman Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Kingfisher 4791i
  • Bergman Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Kingfisher 4791j

An excellent cold painted bronze study of a standing Kingfisher with fine naturalistic enamel colours and good hand finished surface detail, signed with Bergman 'B', stamped Geschutzt and numbered

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Cold Painted Bronze

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Antique Vienna Bronzes by Joseph Zobel

Animal Subjects and the Kingfisher

Animal figures, birds and the kingfisher 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.

Kingfishers

Kingfishers are a group of small to medium-sized, brightly coloured birds. They have a varied distribution, with most species found outside of the Americas. The group contains three families, Alcedinidae (river kingfishers), Halcyonidae (tree kingfishers), and Cerylidae (water kingfishers). Most species have bright plumage with few differences between the sexes. They consume a wide range of prey, as well as fish, usually caught by swooping down from a perch where the seated kingfisher waits patiently. In Britain, the word “kingfisher” normally refers to the common kingfisher.

SKU: 4791

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