Offered by: Mayfair Gallery
39 South Audley Street London W1K 2PP , England Call Seller 44.207.491.3435


Unusual antique Austrian bronze chess set by Franz Bergman

$ 40,000
  • Description
    Unusual antique Austrian bronze chess set by Franz Bergman
    Austrian, c. 1905
    Largest piece height 7cm, diameter 3cm
    Smallest piece height 3.5cm, diameter 3cm
    Comprising the full set of thirty-two pieces as mice, this chess set by Bergman is particularly rare and impressive. Each piece has been very finely cast and cold painted- a technique perfected in Vienna around the turn of the 20th Century- and was made by the top respected and celebrated craftsman of the time, Franz Xaver Bergman. He was known for his fine quality small animal objects- of which most common examples can be found in publications such as 'Antique Vienna Bronzes' by Joseph Zobel. There are no known documented examples of any of the models in this set, indicating it might have originally been commissioned for an important royal or noble person with a keen interest in chess.
    Each individual piece represents a mouse in the typical form of a chess piece with two teams in grey and white colours. The pieces comprise rooks as castles, knights with hobby horse toys, bishops as runners (as they are known in German), queens and kings with typical royal regalia and pawns as smaller mice in the form of beggars or peasants (as they are known in German). Almost all the pieces are marked underneath with a B inside an urn, which is the foundry mark for Bergman, and further stamped 'Austria'.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: Austria
    Period: 1900-1919
    Materials: Bronze.
    Creation Date: 1905
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: 16419
    Incollect Reference #: 401632
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Mayfair Gallery is a leading gallery in the field of art and antiques, holding a large collection of unique pieces for sale. The breadth of the gallery’s collection is wide, and includes items from a range of periods, styles and geographical origins, as well as works by famous artists and craftsmen. The main focus of the gallery’s collection is, however, on items produced during the 19th and early 20th century.

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