Vienna bronzes are simply antique bronzes that were made by artists from Vienna, Austria. The bronzes started becoming popular in the middle of the 19th century. These bronzes are known to have extremely great detail. They are often painted in many beautiful colors. The subject of these bronzes include animals like cats, pigs, foxes and dogs (human figures of nudes as well).
The most valuable subjects in todays antique market is definitely anything that has to do with the Middle East. Bronzes of Orientalist people or persian rugs are highly sought after. Vienna bronzes come in all sizes, but are most popular in the smaller sizes. These bronzes can be as small as an inch tall.
Antique Vienna bronzes are highly collectible. The value depends on the detail and subject of the sculpture. It also helps if the bronze is marked Vienna or Austria. These marks are usually on the side or underneath the bronze. In addition to the country may also be an artist signature. One of the most popular artists was Franz Bergman. He would mark the bronze with an “B” enclosed in what looks like a script U.
Be very careful when buying and selling Vienna bronzes. They were so popular that many copies were made in the 20th century. Make sure that you deal with a reputable auction gallery or dealer so that you don’t end up with a reproduction of an antique.
If you are looking for a Vienna bronze dealer in New York City, let us know. We work with a few gallery owners that specialize in these beautiful bronzes.