Wonderful enamel on copper dish by mid 20th century artist/craftsman Franz Bergmann titled "Blue Clown with Mask;" about 6-1/2" diameter, marked: F. Bérgmann, Blue Clown with Mask;" fine condition.

Franz W. Bergmann (1898-1977) started life in Austria where, after serving in World War II, he studied art at the National Academy of Art in Vienna.  By 1924, he was exhibiting in Vienna and Stockholm. By 1929, he was living in the United States--New York, Chicago and eventually and finally, San Francisco where he became a celebrated artist, exhibiting at the Golden Gate International Exhibition in 1939.  Bergmann also worked in jewelry, pottery and enamels.  An accident in 1952 that left him with two broken legs, led him to concentrate on enamels.  By 1959 he was considered on of the "leading enamel artists", exhibiting in the seminal exhibition, "Enamels" at the the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York.

Information taken directly from "Painting with Fire, Masters of Enameling in America, 1930 - 1980" by Bernard N. Jazzar and Harold B. Nelson. See MODERN SILVER magazine review: http://www.modernsilver.com/june07/paintingwithfire.htm


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