A Pair of Gilt-Bronze And Rouge Griotte Marble Vases and Cover
A Pair of Gilt-Bronze And Rouge Griotte Marble Vases and Covers. By Ferdinand Barbedienne, Paris. Signed 'F. Barbedienne'. Designed in the Neo-Grec...
DimensionsHeight: 56 cm (23 in)
Width: 19 cm (8 in)
Depth: 17 cm (7 in)
A Pair of Gilt-Bronze And Rouge Griotte Marble Vases and Covers. By Ferdinand Barbedienne, Paris.
Signed ‘F. Barbedienne’.
Designed in the Neo-Grec style these elegant vases stand atop Rouge Griotte marble plinths. Each vase has a fixed cover with finial above flared handles with mask terminals. The body of each vase is decorated in the round with a classical frieze of Grecian figures. On spreading socles and channelled circular marble plinths.
France, Circa 1860.
Gilt-Bronze and Marble
Signed 'F. 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.