Large Viennese cold-painted bronze sculpture by Bergman

By Bergman, Franz Xaver (Austrian, 1861-1936)


Made using a forgotten manufacturing technique and depicting an unusual scene, the sculpture demonstrates some of the best early 20th century craftsmanship.


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Franz Xaver Bergman (1861-1936) is the master behind this exquisite bronze sculpture made in the early 20th century.

The sculpture depicts horse-driven two-wheeled carriage. Riding it is a male figure dressed in traditional Orientalist clothing, rendered in white and deep green. He is sitting on a red cloth draped over the seat, while behind him stand two sweet lamps. The scene is unusual for pieces of this type and the equestrian theme predominating is very desirable.

The bronze is painted using the cold-painting technique whereby unfired dust paint is applied to the surface of the sculpture. This manufacturing technique creates brightly coloured decorative objects, ones sure to catch the passerby’s attention.

In this piece, Bergman has demonstrated exceptional attention to detail as even the smallest parts of the sculpture include fine features. For example, the horse’s hair texture or the male’s facial expression.

The cold-painted bronze sculpture is mounted on a white marble block. The naturally occurring grey veining creates the illusion of a rocky road on which the carriage is riding.

The sculpture is stamped with a ‘B’ in an urn-shaped cartouche as well as ‘GESCHÜTZT.’ indicating the piece came from the renowned Bergman foundry. Inventory number ‘3693’ is also visible.

This magnificent sculpture is a wonderful addition to one’s collection of cold-painted bronzes.


Artist / Maker
By Bergman, Franz Xaver (Austrian, 1861-1936)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Early 20th Century
Early 20th Century
20th and 21st Century Design, Animal / Animalier, Equestrian / Horses, Orientalist
Bronze, Marble


15 cm / 5.9 inches
30 cm / 11.8 inches
15 cm / 5.9 inches


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