Art Nouveau Austrian

Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900

Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900
Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900
Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900
Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900
Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900
Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900
Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900
Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900
Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900
Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900
Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900

Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900

This great Austrian Jugenstil desk-size cold-painted and patinated bronze sculpture of English bulldog has all the necessary qualities to be loved by a new owner - it absolutely life-like and has very expressive eyes. Noted for his detailed and colorful work, Bergman was signing his creations with either a "B" in an urn-shaped cartouche, or "Nam Greb" - for "Bergman" in reverse (these marks used to disguise his identity on the erotic works). They are also often inscribed'Geschutzt', which refers to the model/design being'registered' or copyrighted; or not marked at all, especially if the pieces are miniatures. Was the owner of a Viennese foundry who produced numerous patinated and cold-painted bronze, cold painted bronze refers to pieces cast in Vienna and then decorated in several layers with so-called dust paint; oriental, erotic and animal figures, the latter often humanized or whimsical and often humorous objet d'art.

The color was not fired hence "cold painted". Mainly women working at home, a typical cottage industry, carried out the painting. The expertise for the mix of this kind of paint has been lost since.


Franz Xavier Bergmann, English Bulldog, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, ca. 1900