• Christie's Interiors - Style a auction at Christies

    Sale 5681

    Christie's Interiors - Style and Spirit

    23 February 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 401

    A FRENCH GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE FIGURAL FIVE-LIGHT TORCHERE

    CAST BY FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE AFTER THE MODEL BY FRANÇOIS-CHRISTOPHE-ARMAND TOUSSAINT, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE FIGURAL FIVE-LIGHT TORCHERE
    CAST BY FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE AFTER THE MODEL BY FRANÇOIS-CHRISTOPHE-ARMAND TOUSSAINT, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The base signed and dated 'A D. TOUSSAINT/1850' and with the Barbedienne foundry inscription
    42 in. (107 cm.) high


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    The present bronze is after the model first exhibited in plaster at the 1847 Salon (no 2161) titled Un esclave indien portant une torche alongside its pendant female figure. Also exhibited in bronze in 1850 a pair were commissioned by the French state on 23 February that year for the Ministre de l'Intrieur at the Elyse Palace. The present reduction by the fondeur Ferdinand Barbedienne (d. 1892) is listed individually as L'esclave indien in his 1886 catalogue and priced at 1,250 francs.

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    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage