Bergmann's workshops employed many anonymous sculptors and artisans. Cold-painted bronze refers to pieces decorated in several layers with so-called dust paint; the colour was not fired, hence 'cold painted', often by women working from home. This made each piece unique, for while they were cast in small editions of ten to thirty pieces, each was individually chased and coloured by hand. The Bergmann foundry was forced to close in 1930 with the onset of the Great Depression. It was reopened some years later by Franz's son, Robert, and operated until his death in 1954 when the remaining stock and moulds were sold to Karl Fuhrmann & Co.
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