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Bergman Bronze Slave Trader*
Austrian cold painted bronze from Franz Bergman of an old Arab slave trader and his rather beautiful latest offering.
He’s lounging back against a splendidly decorated low chair that’s covered on the back with a fur rug, and holding a long stick in the direction of a young woman, nude apart from her headdress and jewellery, who is kneeling on the floor in front of him. The shawl that had been covering her body is seen discarded on the carpet behind her.
Superb detail, so typical of all Bergman’s pieces – the man’s face is especially well defined, and the posture of the young girl as she leans very slightly away from him looks so real.
In good condition with the paintwork still in good order, commensurate with age but better than many we’ve seen and just a few marks to the patina on the unpainted bronze areas.
Marked Namgreb on the underside, this being the Bergman name spelled backwards that was the mark used on the more risqué pieces.
This bronze is a good size at approximately 18 cm long and 8.5 cm high.