Friedrich Bergenfeldt was born in 1768 in Westphalia, Germany and moved to St Petersburg in the 1790s. He worked first in the atelier of the bronzier Yan Aoustin and then with Charles Dreyer. He then left St. Petersburg, possibly for Paris, returning to Russia after the death of Paul I in 1801 and establishing his workshop on the Fontanka Embankment. His advertisements in the local newspapers announce the sale of ‘all manner of bronze ornaments such as – vases, candelabras, cassolettes, girandoles, chandeliers, veilleuses etc. in the antique taste and of a quality equal to that of French bronzes.’ He collaborated with Heinrich Gambs, supplying many of the gilt-bronzes for Gambs’ furniture, and died on 17th May 1822 (Sytchev, op.cit.).