The only thing that has changed in bronze manufacture is the casting process. This is the manufacture and reproduction of the raw casts, which only become Vienna Bronzes through time-consuming manual labour by the chaser. [...]
- ‘Cold painted bronze’ refers to pieces cast in Vienna Bronze and then decorated in several layers with so called dust paint; the recipe for this kind of paint is still used by WBM (Wiener Bronze Manufaktur) to the present day.
- The Viennese Coffeehouse for Dachshunds or Mice – is an amazing larger scale bronze diorama created by the WBM’s highly skilled workshop.
The tradition of Vienna Bronze can be traced to the middle of the 19th century. Around 50 manufacturers resided in Vienna at the turn of the century, as small sculpture with its fine detail enjoyed great popularity.
At this time numerous sculptors and modellers were active in selling their work and models to bronze manufacturers, who then reproduced these. This means that a stamp (hallmark) alone shows who the manufacturer of a Bronze is, but not who the creator was. The artists remained largely unknown, which is a pity. One of these modellers was Harald P. Höller’s grandfather, [...]