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    Sale 7816

    Le Grand Goût - A Private European Collection

    17 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 112

    A PAIR OF LARGE NAPOLEON III ORMOLU JARDINIERES

    CAST BY FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE, PARIS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF LARGE NAPOLEON III ORMOLU JARDINIERES
    CAST BY FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE, PARIS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Each of oval outshape with pierced frieze above a bulbous body cast in high-relief with fruiting vine, centred to front and back by a cartouche, one engraved with a 'P' monogram, and set to the sides with roaring lion-masks beneath loop handles, on hairy lion-paw feet, one signed 'F. BARBEDIENNE', the other stamped 'FB' to the feet
    8 1/8 in. (20.5 cm.) high; 28 in. (71 cm.) wide; 18¾ in. (45.8 cm.) deep (2)


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    Ferdinand Barbedienne (d. 1892) began his Parisian foundry in 1839, eventually becoming one of the most active and distinguished bronziers of the 19th century. Although trained as a wallpaper manufacturer, in 1838 he changed his profession to become a fondeur in partnership with Achille Collas (d. 1859). The Barbedienne workshops were equipped to perform bronze reduction, fine metal cutting, bronze mounting, marble work, turning, enamel decoration, and crystal engraving. They were famous for bronze editions, but also produced decorative objects in styles that reflected the various exotic and revival trends popular at the time.

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