Franz Xaver Bergmann
butterflies, set of two
Austria, c. 1930
cold-painted bronze, enameled metal, plastic, metal wire
2.5 h × 3.25 w × .75 d in (6 × 8 × 2 cm)
Impressed signature to underside of butterfly wings 'B' with urn-shaped cipher. Sold with seven associated Austrian bronzes: a spider, grasshopper, two sweat bees, a bumble bee, and two flies. Smallest example measures: 1/8 h x 1/2 w x 1/4 d inches.
Minor paint loss and some elements bent. Butterflies: Two minuscule losses to lower left wing of white butterfly. Grasshopper and sweat bees: Wings exhibit extensive losses and damage. Flies and bumble bee: Some discoloration to wings. Wings of bumble bee poorly repaired. Spider: Overall very good condition.
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