Franz Bergman Bronze Figure, ca. 1910
My husband bought it at a garage sale about 20 years ago in Alabama.
Do you like it?
I'm particularly not fond of it, but he likes it.
What you've brought us is an Austrian cold-painted bronze by Franz Bergman, and Bergman was making these exotic bronzes at the late 19th, early 20th century. And it has a mark, which is how the Bergman company signed their work. And it is this quintessential gentlemen's desk object. It really has a utilitarian use in that you see this rug dealer with his rug rolled out-- it's probably a tribal rug-- and you could actually use that. You could lay your pen on it, you might put spare change on it, so it's a useful object as well as being beautiful. So do you know what he paid for it?
He only paid, like, $20 for that and a vase that he also bought with it.
Value on it, I would say probably $1,500 to $2,000. This would be an appropriate price.
Yes, yes. The reason is that it is in impeccable condition. Also the fact that this is a bigger one. They're in the $200 to $300 range for a little piece.
I guess I will like it a lot more now and I probably will take a lot better care of it taking it home than I did bringing it in.
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