Karl Kouba, Frog watermelons’ seller (Vienna bronze), 19th century
Karl Kouba, Frog watermelons’ seller (Vienna bronze), late 19th century – early 20th century
Painted Vienna bronze – a figurine representing a frog selling watermelons. It holds scales in one hand – one tray holds weight, the other a piece of watermelon – and its other hand points to the watermelons piled up at its feet. A rare collector’s item in very good condition – slight traces of the passage of time (a bit dirty, paint worn here and there).
Vienna, late 19th century – early 20th century
Dimensions : 5,5 (height) x 5,5 x 2,5 cm.
Vienna bronzes are often small figures, usually in bronze, produced in Vienna from the middle of the 19th century. They gained immense popularity throughout Europe at that time. They are known for their excellent craftsmanship – sophisticated shapes, interesting, often amusing ideas, and in the case of painted bronzes, perfectly retained bright colors. These are sought-after collector’s items today.