Large Orientalist cold-painted bronze lamp attributed to Bergman

Attributed to Bergman, Franz Xaver (Austrian, 1861-1936)


A male figure, seated in serene contemplation, anchors this enchanting Orientalist bronze lamp, a testament to the Bergman Foundry's craftsmanship.


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This large cold-painted Orientalist bronze lamp attributed to the Bergman foundry stands as a shining beacon of superior craftsmanship and unparalleled attention to detail in Viennese craftsmanship of the early 20th Century.

A male Arab figure is depicted with remarkable realism and grace seating atop an integral prayer rug form base. His legs crossed and his position suggesting a serene moment of rest, holding a small cup in his left hand. By his side, a remarkably crafted hookah pipe finds its place on a side table, flanked by a plate with a pot on top, painting a picture of tranquil contemplation and leisure.

Suspended above the figure is a minaret-form lamp with delicate moon-shaped decorations hanging effortlessly on chains. The lamp is suspended from a mock wooden structure, richly detailed to evoke the textures and tones of real wood. This structure, adding a layer of narrative to the piece, is embellished with a shield and two crossed rifles, conjuring tales of honour, tradition, and perhaps adventure from the old world.

The meticulous casting quality is palpably evident in every curve and corner of this lamp, each detail being a testament to the artisan's skill and dedication. The cold painting technique, with its refined strokes and nuanced shades, adds depth and vibrancy to the scene, making it come alive.

Stamped with 'Made in Austria', it stands as a mark of authenticity, a nod to its illustrious origins. This lamp, a product of the legendary Bergman Foundry, is not merely a decorative piece, but a conversation starter that seamlessly weaves history, art, and function. Large, this lamp’s presence in any setting is sure to evoke admiration and wonder.


Artist / Maker
Attributed to Bergman, Franz Xaver (Austrian, 1861-1936)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
c. 1910
Early 20th Century


46 cm / 18.1 inches
21 cm / 8.3 inches
12.5 cm / 4.7 inches


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