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Viennese Bronze Figural Inkwell by Bergman, Kittens

Viennese Bronze Figural Inkwell by Bergman, Kittens

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1900: Item # 1394412

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Viennese Bronze Figural Inkwell by Bergman, late 19th Century. Depicting two kittens on fringed rug. Cylindrical stool draped with fabric holding ink pot now missing as seen in images. 2 1/2" x 8" x 6 1/4". Some chloride corrosion as seen in images. Otherwise in very good condition. Ex: Sotheby's New York. Franz Bergman was an Austrian entrepreneur best known for his Viennese foundry which produced many patina- and cold-painted bronze sculptures of erotic figures, animals, Orientalist scenes, and mythological creatures. Bergman is often misidentified as a sculptor, but he himself was not the original artist for the works—rather, he hired many anonymous sculptors to execute his ideas. He signed many of the erotic works produced by his foundry with the pseudonym Nam Greb, so as to conceal his name from the authorities and avoid penalties for immorality. Born in 1861 in Vienna, Austria, he initially inherited a bronze factory from his father and later opened his own foundry. Bergman died in 1936 in Vienna, Austria.