• Christie's Interiors auction at Christies

    Sale 5697

    Christie's Interiors

    27 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 252

    A FRENCH WHITE PAINTED CAST-IRON GARDEN SEAT

    AFTER A DESIGN BY VAL D'OSNE, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH WHITE PAINTED CAST-IRON GARDEN SEAT
    AFTER A DESIGN BY VAL D'OSNE, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Pierced with Gothic tracery, re-painted
    39¼ in. (99.5 cm.) wide


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    The design for this bench is illustrated in the 1858 Barbezat & Cie Fonderies du Val D'Osne catalogue, under 'Bancs de Jardin', plate 251. The industry of producing cast iron garden ornament and furniture was at its height in France during this period, with numerous Parisian fonderies producing a wealth of garden furniture in this ideal medium. The Socit Anonyme du Val d'Osne was no exception, indeed being responsible for producing some of the finest quality workmanship in the field. The Company changed ownership twice in the late 1860's, from the well-renowned firm of Barbezat, to the Socit Anonyme du Val d'Osne in 1870.

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
    John Davis, Antique Garden Ornament, Antique Collector's Club, Woodbridge Suffolk 1991. Appendix II, p.350.

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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