The passion for all things exotic found in the fine arts also found expression in the decorative arts. The small bronze figures made circa 1870 in Vienna, the cultural crossroads of Central Europe, are wonderful examples of this interest. A variety of subjects were created, from familiar everyday animals and people to foreign subjects such as carpet bazaars and harems. In true Orientalist fashion, they were mainly for export to the West and sold in large cities such as London, Paris and New York.
Assembled with a keen collector's eye, the Matt Wyse collection of Austrian cold-painted bronze figures comprises a comprehensive selection of exotic subjects and forms by masters of the medium. Wyse amassed his collection over the years by seeking out the rarest examples, many of which are documented in Antique Vienna Bronzes by Joseph Zobel.