Lot 65: Vienna Bronze Ashtray 'Monkey', Vienna, Early 20th Century
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Bronze, cast and patinated, cristall glass, cut, screwed
Vienna, early 20th century
Sculptural worked, crouching bronze monkey holding a round glass ashtray with outstretched arms
Height: c. 13.5 cm
The ashtray is in good age-related condition with slightly scratch marks on the glass bottom as well as minor chipped parts to the inner rim. The bronze is showing a beautiful patina.
The term Vienna Bronze refers to very fine cast bronzes from the period of around 1880 to 1930. The naturalistic small sculptures depict human figures, often with exotic features, humans and animals, humorous illustrations as well as erotica. The bronzes were so fashionable that there were 80 companies in Vienna which concentrated on these products. A large number of significant artistic works was melted during the world wars to meet the metal needs of the artillery, thus the bronzes are now not only treasures but also rare collectibles. The most famous manufacturer of Vienna Bronzes was the Manufactory Bergmann. (kre)
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