• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 158

    TWO FRENCH PATINATED BRONZE FIGURAL TORCHERES, ENTITLED 'FEMME INDIENNE' AND 'ESCLAVE INDIEN'

    CAST BY FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE FROM MODELS BY EMILE-CORIOLAN-HIPPOLYTE GUILLEMIN AND FRANÇOIS-CHRISTOPHE-ARMAND TOUSSAINT, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    TWO FRENCH PATINATED BRONZE FIGURAL TORCHERES, ENTITLED 'FEMME INDIENNE' AND 'ESCLAVE INDIEN'
    CAST BY FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE FROM MODELS BY EMILE-CORIOLAN-HIPPOLYTE GUILLEMIN AND FRANÇOIS-CHRISTOPHE-ARMAND TOUSSAINT, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Each holding aloft a palm-leaf torch, she signed and dated 'Ele Guillemin 1872', he 'Ad. TOUSSAINT 1850' and inscribed 'F. BARBEDIENNE FONDEUR', both with Reduction Mécanique seal; on later parcel-gilt and faux verde antico marble painted wooden plinths; lacking shades
    He: 54½ in. (138 cm.) high
    She: 52½ in. (133 cm.) high
    The plinths: 30 in. (76 cm.) high; 19 in. (48 cm.) square (2)


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    These figural torchères were edited by the fondeur Ferdinand Barbedienne (d. 1892). Both are in the Orientalist style inspired by the Middle East and its exoticism. Esclave Indien by Toussaint was exhibited alongside its pendant female figure at the 1850 Salon and a pair were commissioned by the French state on 23 February of that year for the Ministre de l'Intérieur at the Elysée Palace. A large bronze cast of Guillemin's Femme Indienne was first exhibited in 1872 and a pair of these candelabra-bearing figures - perhaps the original exhibited bronze casts - flanked the entrance of the Barbedienne family residence and were sold as Belles orientales aux flambeaux at the Hôtel des Ventes, Enghien, 4 March 1984 (530,000 francs).
    The present figures are each examples of the second largest size edited by Barbedienne as listed in his 1886 catalogue.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's, London, 21 June 1978, lot 97.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 157-158)