Cold painted Vienna bronze Chamois

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Cold painted Vienna bronze Chamois


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Cold painted Vienna bronze Chamois




A cold painted Vienna bronze Chamois standing on a rocky marble base. Very finely detailed and modelled. Austrian c 1900. An unusual figure. Excellent original condition


Vienna Bronze Figures

The tradition of Vienna Bronze can be traced to the middle of the 19th century when around 50 manufacturers resided in Vienna. IT was at this time that small Austrian bronze sculpture with its fine detail enjoyed great popularity.

In the late 19th Century a number of Austrian bronze foundries situated in Vienna and the Austrian-Bohemian border began to specialise in the technique of ‘cold painting’ bronze figures. This naturalistic finish was created by painting the bronze figure with several layers of special and secretive enamel colours called ‘dust paints’, which resulted in fine life like studies of the various models and sculptures. This process was often applied when the cast was still warm, the natural shrinkage on cooling adding to the permanency of the colour as it annealed the paint firmly into the metal. As the colour was not ‘fired’ this process is referred to as ‘cold painted’.

Date c 1900

Condition Excellent original condition.

Dimensions Approximate height including base 14 cm

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