Charles Umlauf


Patinated Bronze Sculpture


Dimensions:         Height: 21 ½”         Width: 10”          Depth: 5”

CHARLES UMLAUF (1911 – 1994) was an American sculptor and teacher who was born in South Haven, Michigan. His sculptures can be found in churches, numerous public institutions, outdoor locations, and museums, including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well as in many private collections. Umlauf received a number of accolades, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Grant. In 1941, Umlauf accepted a position at the University of Texas School of Art in Austin, Texas, where he taught for 40 years. Artists teaching at UT included Loren Mozley, Everett Spruce, Kelly Fearing, Seymour Fogel, and William Lester. Umlauf retired as Professor Emeritus in 1981. In 1985, he and his wife Angeline Allen Umlauf gave their Austin home, Umlauf’s studio, and 168 sculptures to the City of Austin. Based on this gift and considerable community support, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum was founded and opened its doors in 1991 as at 605 Robert E Lee Road in Austin, Texas. The Umlauf is a private-public partnership with the City of Austin.



Vintage Hand-Carved

Red Coral Sculpture of Swans

China, 20th Century


Height: 4 inches         Width: 6 inches         Depth: 3 inches


 A vintage, beautifully and meticulously hand-carved solid red coral sculpture, depicting a swan mother and a swan-child peacefully gliding across the water among thickets.

China, the 20th century.


Franz Xavier Bergman


Vienna Bronze Sculptural Paperweight

Circa 1900

Marked with "B" in an urn-shaped cartouche.


Length: 10 inches         Height: 1.5 inches           Width: 6 inches

 This real size life-like bronze lizard desk paperweight is a perfect example of the little masterpieces in cold-painted bronze, created by the world-famous Viennese foundry of Franz Xavier Bergman.

 Franz Xaver Bergman (1861–1936) was the owner of a Viennese foundry who produced numerous patinated and cold-painted bronze - Oriental, erotic and animal figures, the latter often humanized or whimsical, humorous objects d'art. Cold painted bronze refers to pieces cast in Vienna and then decorated in several layers with so called dust paint; the know-how for the mix of this kind of paint has been lost. The color was not fired hence "cold painted". The painting was carried out mainly by women working at home, a typical cottage industry. Noted for his detailed and colorful work, Bergman was signing his creations with either a "B" in an urn-shaped cartouche, or "Nam Greb" - for "Bergman" in reverse. These marks were used to disguise his identity on the erotic works.



Signed, "Anna Hyatt". Further impressed "Gorham CO. O 492", and further impressed #358. In good condition, consistent with age. Original patina.


Height: 5.5 inches         Width: 15.5 inches         Depth: 4.5 inches

Sculpted by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington during the American Art Nouveau era (circa 1915), the bronze sculpture "Yawning Panther" was cast by Gorham Co. Founders. The identical sculpture is photographed in "The Gorham Company, Famous Small Bronze" ©1928, pg. 15.

A yawning and fully outstretched panther finished in patinated bronze, resting atop a black Belgium marble plinth. Yawning Panther demonstrates the realism of Huntington's art in pose, detail, and style. Rather than showing her subject stalking a prey, she has caught the panther in an intimate moment as it stretches in a wide-mouthed yawn with its front legs tautly extended and its tail elegantly arched. Her skill in the lost-wax method of casting bronze is evident in the texture and wrinkles of the animal's fur. Although the scale of the work is small, the work conveys great strength and graceful movement.

Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876 - 1973) was a prolific artist known for her bronze animal sculptures. By combining classical features with modern abstract trends, Huntington developed a distinct style that captured the spirit of her subjects, such as Yawning Panther. Huntington developed her intense attention to detail through close observation of animals at zoos, circuses, live animal shows, and farms. These experiences enabled her to create intimate portraits of domestic and wild animals and heroic equestrian monuments.

Yawning Panther depicts a panther during a quiet moment. It stretches its full length, crosses its front legs, and opens its jaws in a thoroughly convincing yawn. The curve of the panther’s bold head balances its elegant, taut tail and leads the eye over its muscular body. With highly tactile fur and wrinkles in evidence, Yawning Panther demonstrates Huntington’s skill with the lost-wax method of bronze casting.


- Austrian Jugenstil -

A Pair of Vienna Bronze

Candle Holders

or Bud Vases with Dragonflies

Ca. 1900


Height: 8 inches            Width (max.): 2 1/2 inches

               The Vienna Bronze foundries have been in existence since 1850, and since then the Viennese cold-painted bronzes are famous and distinguished by their naturalistic and detailed representation of human figures, and all species of animals and insects. Cold-painting on bronze was a technique most popular in Austria during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. Bronze figures, most of them made in Vienna, were actually covered with enamel paint. Each piece has approximately 5 to 10 coats of paint, normally of the naturalistic colors, and then skillfully patinated, or gilded.


Swedish Art Deco Bronze Sculpture

of a Nude Femme Scarred by Mouse

by Carin Nilsson, Ca. 1933


Made with great artistic skill in the unmistakably North European Art Deco esthetics, and exhibiting excellent casting quality, this very elegant sculpture also draws attention of the viewer to the originality and absolute none-triviality and humor of the composition - a splendid nude young woman froze in complete immobility, frightened to death by the little mouse in front of her on the floor, also frozen startled. Signed by the artist on the base, and dated 1933.


Height: 10 3/4 inches            Width: 5 inches            Depth: 3 7/8 inches

                                          Carin Johanna Nilsson (Swedish, 1884 - 1973) was a famous Swedish sculptor and visual artist. Born on September 13, 1884 in Styra, Östergötland, she was the daughter of the inspector Sigfrid Nilson and Hanna Seidlitz. Nilson studied in New York in 1922-1923; and in 1925-1927 at the Gottfrid Larsson's art school, as well as an extra student at the Art Academy in Stockholm. In 1928-1930, she was a student at the Académie Colarossi and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, where her teachers were Charles Despiau, Henry Arnold and Antoine Bourdelle. During the studie, the artist made extensive trips to the Netherlands, England and Belgium. Karin Nilsson participated in group exhibitions with Östgöta Art Association, the Swedish Public Art Association and the Association of Swedish Konstnärinnor. Her public works include the famous Berga figure at the Normlösa church and chapel at the Uppsala hospital. She was awarded with Östgöta Art Association scholarship in 1928. Karin Nilsson's art consists of a wide variety of works - fountains, birdbaths, busts, athletes, religious figures and stressed decorative reliefs and frescoes. Among the portraits, there are of Alice Trolle at Children's Hospital in Linköping, Nathan Söderblom's in Vaksala and Haile Selassie's in Addis Ababa. Nilsson's works are represented in Sweden at the National Museum and the New Museum (featuring a self-portrait in marble), as well as at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, USA. Carin Johanna Nilson died in Stockholm, in 1973.



American Contemporary Sculpture

by Charles Lamb, Ca. 1970's


Wood, brass, copper, acrylic paint


Height: 11 inches            Width: 6 1/2 inches

 Charles P. Lamb (1925 – 2013)

               Although Charles Lamb enjoyed a successful career as a furniture designer, he created a personal oeuvre of metal sculptures, paintings, jewelry and wood carvings while working in a barn in Livingston Manor, New York. The impressive works of art were unknown to anyone except Lamb’s immediate family until an estate property auction was held to benefit Doctors Without Borders, which became a day of an important discovery for knowledgeable dealers and collectors. The artist was born in Iowa, served in World War II and was educated at Stanford University. While there he studied engineering and gained a degree in English and Theater Arts. Mr. Lamb went on to become an actor and then manager of the Dobbs Ferry Players. When the theater group folded, Mr. Lamb turned to making custom designed furniture. His clients included jazz great Stan Getz and many other important musicians, entertainers and socialites. As a sculptor and fine artist, Charles Lamb was untrained. Yet at some point he acquired a barn in Livingston Manor, NY and turned it into a metal-working studio, where he systematically improved on the rudiments of welding, metal casting [including lost wax bronze], and other technical/creative skill sets he had acquired as a young adult. Working in solitude, he passionately produced the works of art that are becoming famous now... In the 1970s, Mr. Lamb - an outsider artist retired from the making of custom furniture. He turned full-time to the pursuit of his personal art endeavors, referring to his need to create as “My Curse.” For decades, Charles Lamb surrounded himself with the beauty he created. He worked in welded steel, bronze, and carved wood.  He produced monumental figurative works, the sources of his inspiration are wildly divergent and based on his studies into multiple civilizations, cultures, and mythologies across time and space. His works are informed by nature, antiquities and history. In some pieces there are literal references morphing into stylized motifs that can only have sprung from the imagination.


Antique Vienna Bronze Lizard Paperweight, Ca. 1900


Total height: 1.5 incheS         Base width (max.): 4 inches         Base width (max.): 6 inches

                Cold-painting on bronze was a technique most popular in Austria during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. Bronze figures, most of them made in Vienna, were actually covered with enamel paint. Each piece has approximately 5 to 10 coats of paint, normally of the naturalistic colors, and then skillfully patinated, or gilded. The result is a very colorful figure or lamp. The Vienna Bronze foundries have been in existence since 1850, and since then the Viennese cold-painted bronzes are famous and distinguished by their naturalistic and detailed representation of human figures, and all species of animals and insects.


Austrian Jugenstil

Bronze & Marble Sculpture

- Dance with a Snake -

Ca. 1900


Full of tasteful provocative eroticism, this Austrian Jugenstilmassive but elegant sculpture, depicting a beautiful Eastern female dancing with a snake is a fine example of the Art Nouveau movement that swept through the decorative arts and architecture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Made of a beautifully crafted patinated bronze, it proudly stands on its original magnificent marble base. Unsigned, the authorship is unidentified.


Height : 21 1/4 inches            Width : 7 inches            Depth :  7 inches

 Austrian Jugendstil Movement

                The Austrian Jugendstil differs dramatically in style from the other European styles. Vienna was the heart of an independent movement. In contrast to the floral patterns and shapes of the French artist Charles Plumet a special unique style was developed in Vienna.; clear lines were introduced into architecture (Adolf Loos: Villa Steiner/ House at Michaelerplatz; Otto Wagner: Vienna`s City Railway/ Post Office and Interior in Vienna) as it was also introduced into furniture design (Josef Hoffmann, Kolo Moser). The Vienna artists joined together with writer Hermann Bahr, the painter Gustav Klimt and the architect Otto Wagner to form the „Wiener Secession“. Artistic disciplines were not separated from each other in Jugendstil, but flowed together. The artists endeavored to complete a "Gesamtkunstwerk" (total art work). They brought their Avant Garde ideas into all fields of art and daily life: Literature – Music – Painting – Architectur – Furniture design – Cloth weaving – Wallpaper – Lighting – Jewelry – Cutlery – Glass – Heating systems. Their appreciation of details in their work is expressed in the use of: Faceted Glass, decorative and ornamented wood and metalwork.



A very powerful sculptural depiction of a bull in rage.

  • Date of manufacture : 2008

  • Period : Contemporary (1946 - Present)

  • Country : Possibly, USA

  • Sculptor : Unidentified

  • Remarks: Signed (illegibly) and dated '08

  • Height : 9 3/4 inches

  • Width : 14 inches

  • Depth : 7 inches

  • Medium : Bronze

  • Inventory number : S-A-0002