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By Bergman, Franz Xaver (Austrian, 1861-1936)
Painted in vibrant colours, the lamp bears unusual features and is an example of high-quality craftsmanship demonstrated by the renowned Austrian maker.
Franz Xaver Bergman (1861-1936), a renowned Austrian artist is the maker of this magnificent figural lamp.
The piece depicts a young man reclining on a blue, red, and green chaise lounge smoking a pipe. He is dressed in traditional Orientalist clothing rendered in muted colours. The furniture piece is surrounded by a stool on which a jug is displayed, and all are standing on an ornate rug.
The construction encircling him is built from bamboo sticks, rope, carpets, and other textiles. The large carpet acting as the wall and the backdrop for the central figure, is ornately decorated and painted in vivid shades of green, red, and brown. On it hangs a large shield surrounded by guns, swords, and other items. Such decoration is unusual for objects of this type, making this lamp a particularly desirable addition to one’s collection. The top of the lamp is surmounted by a crescent moon (an important symbol of Islam) peeking from behind vibrant green leaves.
A ‘B’ and ‘GESCHÜTZT’ in an urn-shaped cartouche are stamped onto the piece, testifying to the important provenance of the lamp.
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