Ferdinand Levillain (1837 - 1905)

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Ferdinand Levillain (1837 - 1905)

A Fine Neo-Grec Gilt and Silvered Bronze Two-Handled Tazza

FRANCE, Circa 1880

REF No. B73677

Signed 'F. Levillain'.


Height :15 cm | 5⁷/₈ in
Width :44 cm | 17³/₈ in
Depth :32 cm | 12⁵/₈ in


A Fine Neo-Grec Gilt and Silvered Bronze Two-Handled Tazza By Ferdinand Levillain.

Designed in the celebrated neo-Grec fashion, the tazza is centred by a bas-relief of Perciles in profile.

This tazza is almost certainly an example of the collaboration between Levillain and the highly acclaimed bronzier of the peroid, Ferdinand Barbedienne (d.1892). The foundry established in 1839, was renowned for bronze editions, but also produced decorative objects in styles that reflected the various exotic and revival trends popular at the time.


Ferdinand Levillain (1837 - 1905) had his debut at the Paris Salon in 1861 and won recognition through the 1860’s and 1870’s for his work with the highly respected Barbedienne.
In 1878 he ceased his collaboration with Barbedienne and triumphed alone at the Exposition Universelle, where he won the gold medal for his work referencing Antiquity.
In 1884 he was awarded a first class medal at the Salon and in 1889 a silver medal at the Exposition Universelle. In 1892 he was recognised with the highly prestigious 'Legion d'Honneur'. Examples of his work are displayed in many museums including the 'Musée de Lyon' and the 'Musée d'Art Moderne' in Paris.
Levillain also collaborated with the Sevres manufactory and won several medals, which are still visible today at the Louvre Museum and the Musee des Beaux Arts in Angers.

Ferdinand Levillain

A Fine Neo-Grec Gilt and Silvered Bronze Two-Handled Tazza

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