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By Bergman, Franz Xaver (Austrian, 1861-1936)
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The lamp has been crafted in bronze to imitate a medieval, narrow, three-storey house. The house has yellow walls, green window partitions, and red tiles, on both the first storey eaves, and the steeply-pitched roof with dormer windows. The cobbler’s shop sign, of an old boot within an oval leafy frame, hangs from the side of the building.
A minstrel stands on the cobbled steps to the right of the house and plays a mandolin. His mouth is wide open, as he sings along to the music. The large oak doors, which steps lead up to at the front of the building, can be opened. Behind them, a cobbler sits and mends a pair of shoes at his desk.
The left-hand wall of the upper storey can also be opened to access the electric light bulb contained there. The windows of the house have been fitted with green and red glazing, so that, when turned on, the lamp produces a warm, atmospheric light.
‘MADE IN AUSTRIA’ is stamped onto the lamp, along with Bergman’s monogram. Franz Xavier Bergman owned a famous bronze foundry in Vienna in the late 19th Century. Bergman manufactured a number of these cold-painted bronzes — so called, because they were hand-painted only once the cast item had cooled down. Bergman cold-painted bronzes are how highly collectable.
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