Letter Opener - Dachshund Head. We are offering this original Vienna Bronze (Wiener Bronze), handmade in Vienna by the Franz Bergmann - Fuhrmann Company. The object bears the typical Bergmann "B enclosed in a jug" mark. This item is 24cm long and made of casted brass/bronze. As these figurines are still manufactured and finished by hand, small variations in detail or color, to the pictured object, are normal.
Each item will be delivered with a certificate by the Fuhrmann workshop. The certificate will be signed and numbered and guarantees you that you received an original Bergmann figurine.
About the production of these miniatures - the "Lost Wax Method". The actual material of the object is Brass.I think these figurines were called "Vienna Bronze" because Brass was not that well known as Bronze. Achieving such a high level of detail on a rather small figurine requires a very complex and time intensive production process: Usually it starts with a rubber mould. Liquid Brass would destory the rubber and for this reason the figurine is in the first step casted out of wax. The wax figurine is used to prepare a negative made of some kind of plaster or clay: In a very special technique one or more wax figurines get placed inside a container. All that is covered with plaster or clay.
The mould is dried and fired. This way the clay is getting hard while the wax is melting. A hollow space is created - the negative.
This negative gets filled with liquid Brass. When the Brass is cooled down, it gets hard.
The plaster around the brass core can be broken off and the figurines made of Brass are the desired result. These figurines will be cut off, their whole surface gets engraved by hammer and punch, and finally the items get marked with the traditional "Jug" mark and painted in a costly and detailled manner. Please see my other listings as I offer many beautiful miniatures and talismans! Please contact me if any questions occur. A short introduction about the Franz Bergmann Company.
The founder of the most popular Viennese bronze foundry was born in Gablonz in 1838. As a young man he moved to Vienna where he studied the bronze making craft. In 1860 he received a diploma of master craftsman.At the first Parisian world exhibition he was exposed to French bronzes. His enthusiasm was very big and he immediately founded his own bronze atelier in Vienna, source of prosperity and honor. The naturalistically painted bronzes were produced in accordance with his ideas. At the famous second Parisian world exhibition in 1900 he presented a gigantic bronze, for which he got honored with a medal. Two sculptors who have worked exclusively for Bergmann designed a variety of models. The turbulent time of the world economic crisis and the Second World War had a serious consequence for the Viennese bronze. Particularly the big original models were either compulsory or voluntary melted. Valuable designs were lost forever. Furthermore the Franz Bergmann foundry was shut down for several years. Members of the family Fuhrmann worked for the trading company Reibestein since the beginning of the twentieth century.
Reibestein was a large, worldwide dealer of the Viennese bronzes. To this day, Fuhrmann workshop continues the tradition of the original Viennese bronzes. A wide range of models is the basis for the product range.
It contains all species of animals in different sizes, positions and some of them in humoristic depiction. Furthermore nudes, oriental, and erotic figures are being produced.Until today these figures are manufactured in a traditional way and in highest quality. Sometimes it can also take 3-4 weeks. Carriers I use are the Austrian Post and sometimes smaller carriers like Hermes and GLS. In your country the parcels will be delivered with a local carrier e. We are running a gallery located in the heart of Vienna specialized in dealing with antiques and Vienna Bronze figurines since 2001.
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If you have any questions, please don't hestitate to contact me. Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing. The item "Franz Bergmann Vienna Austria Brass LETTER OPENER DACHSHUND Complete Dog Bronze" is in sale since Tuesday, June 18, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Metalware".w" and is located in Wien.
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