Victorian Viennese Bronze Miniature Painted Fox Figurine
Vienna bronze, also known as Austrian bronze or Viennese bronze, is a special art form that dates back to the mid Victorian era. The earliest foundries were formed in 1850 and produced thousands of individually cast bronze miniatures, sculptures and figurines. Viennese bronzes gained recognition for their incredibly lifelike depictions of humans and animals of all species, measuring only millimeters in size. Many pieces were finished with beautiful patinas and hand-painted detail to bring the creations to life. Over 20,000 to 30,000 different original designs are capable of being produced by the foundries, reflecting popular European taste throughout the eras. Antique and Victorian era Vienna bronze pieces have now become very collectible!
This wonderful miniature figurine from the late Victorian era (ca1900) is an excellent example of the traditional Vienna bronze art form! Cast entirely in bronze, this small, three-dimensional sculpture depicts an incredibly lifelike fox. The fox is freestanding on small individual legs and feet, and it sits with its tail stretched out behind its body, its head turned to one side. Lightly textured detail on the surface of the piece represents its fur, and carefully hand painted details bring its features to life in lovely orange, white, and black colors. A very special collector's piece, it displays exemplary craftsmanship, and would make a unique addition to any antique collection!
Measurements: The fox figurine stands 1 1/8" tall, measures 1 1/2" across (from head to tail), and is 5/8" thick when measured from the side. The total weight of the piece is 24.8 grams.
Condition: The overall condition of the figurine is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the Vienna bronze setting. There is some wear to the painted details, which is commensurate with age, but it remains in very good antique condition.