REF NO : B65401

Ferdinand Barbedienne

A Pair of Classical Revival Patinated Bronze Vases

France, Dated 1854


A Fine Pair of Classical Revival Patinated Bronze Vases, Designed by Henry Cahieux and Cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne, on red marble bases with gilt bronze...


Height: 43 cm (17 in)
Width: 11 cm (5 in)
Depth: 11 cm (5 in)
REF NO : B65401


A Fine Pair of Classical Revival Patinated Bronze Vases, Designed by Henry Cahieux and Cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne, on red marble bases with gilt bronze paw feet.

This exceptional pair of patinated bronze urns was designed in the fashionable néo-grec style by the Parisian sculptor Henry Cahieux and cast by the fondeur Ferdinand Barbedienne.

This model of vase was exhibited by Barbedienne at the 1855 Paris Universelle Exhibition to great acclaim. They were illustrated in the Exhibition Catalogue alongside a classical revival tripod. The pair of vases together with another were described as follows: The two vases (…) selected from many exquisite and beautiful decorative works in bronze from the atelier of Messrs. Barbedienne & Cie, of Paris; they are formed, and ornamented, on the best models of the ancient Greek.

The Parisian sculptor Henry Cahieux (1825-1854) is recorded as having supplied the celebrated Barbedienne foundry with exclusive master models for casting in bronze including, bas-reliefs in the néo-grec, Egyptian and Japanese styles. He exhibited at the Salon between 1850 and 1853, his work always cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne.


Dated 1854




Patinated Bronze


Signed ‘Henry Cahieux’ and ‘F. Barbedienne’.

Ferdinand Barbedienne

Ferdinand Barbedienne (6 August 1810 – 21 March 1892) was a French metalworker and manufacturer, who was well known as a bronze founder.

The son of a small farmer from Calvados, he started his career as a dealer in wallpaper in Paris. In 1838 he went into partnership with Achille Collas (1795-1859), who had just invented a machine to create miniature bronze replicas of statues. Together they started a business selling miniatures of antique statues from museums all over Europe, thus democratising art and making it more accessible to households. From 1843 they extended their scope by reproducing the work of living artists and also diversified by making enamelled household objects. With the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 the firm briefly had to switch to cannon founding owing to the shortage of metals but resumed business afterwards. Following Barbedienne’s death in 1892, he was buried in the Père-Lachaise cemetery and the firm was carried on by his nephew Gustave Leblanc until 1952.

Among the principal artists reproduced by the firm were Antoine Louis Barye and Auguste Rodin.


Meyer, Jonathan (2006), ‘Great Exhibitions, London – New York – Paris – Philadelphia 1851-1900’, Antique Collectors Club, Woodbridge; p.95-97, il. C15.

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