AN AUSTRIAN COLD-PAINTED MODEL OF A KANGAROO
CIRCA 1900, PROBABLY BERGMAN FOUNDRY
An Austrian cold-painted bronze model of a kangaroo; unsigned, but likely Bergman foundry. The kangaroo modeled as at rest, tail resting on the ground, head turned to one side.
6 ¼” in. (16 cm.) tall
Though unmarked, this sizeable cold-painted bronze is almost certainly from the Bergman foundry. Franz Xaver Bergman (1861 - 1936) continued in the family tradition dating back to 1860 of operating a bronze foundry, and opened his own studio in 1900. Bergman was a business owner, and he employed many anonymous artists in sculpting the array of animals, erotic figures, and Orientalist themes that his workshop became famous for.