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A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND CLOISONNE-ENAMEL MOUNTED ONYX VASES ON STANDS
A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND CLOISONNE-ENAMEL MOUNTED ONYX VASES ON STANDS
A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND CLOISONNE-ENAMEL MOUNTED ONYX VASES ON STANDS
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A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND CLOISONNE-ENAMEL MOUNTED ONYX VASES ON STANDS

BY FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE, PARIS, CIRCA 1870

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A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND CLOISONNE-ENAMEL MOUNTED ONYX VASES ON STANDS BY FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE, PARIS, CIRCA 1870 Each baluster vase with central ormolu band decorated with polychrome-enamelled Byzantine motifs and flanked to each side with interlocked handles signed 'F. BARBEDIENNE', on a circular onyx top supported by three Bacchic herm figures joined by scrolling acanthus tied to the top with knotted rope encircling an acorn finial and to the base by a pierced tripartie stretcher signed 'F. BARBEDIENNE', terminating in paw feet 10 ¾ in. (27.5 cm.) high; 16 ¼ in. (41 cm.) diameter, the vases 41 ¼ in. (104.5 cm.) high; 24 ¾ in. (60.5 cm.) diameter, the stands 42 in. (132 cm.) high, overall
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These lots have been imported from outside the EU for sale using a Temporary Import regime. Import VAT is payable (at 5%) on the Hammer price. VAT is also payable (at 20%) on the buyer’s Premium on a VAT inclusive basis. When a buyer of such a lot has registered an EU address but wishes to export the lot or complete the import into another EU country, he must advise Christie's immediately after the auction.
This lot will be removed to Christie’s Park Royal. Christie’s will inform you if the lot has been sent offsite. Our removal and storage of the lot is subject to the terms and conditions of storage which can be found at Christies.com/storage and our fees for storage are set out in the table below - these will apply whether the lot remains with Christie’s or is removed elsewhere. Please call Christie’s Client Service 24 hours in advance to book a collection time at Christie’s Park Royal. All collections from Christie’s Park Royal will be by pre-booked appointment only. Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 9060 Email: cscollectionsuk@christies.com. If the lot remains at Christie’s it will be available for collection on any working day 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Lots are not available for collection at weekends.

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The present pair of vases and stands epitmize the ‘néo-grec’ style, which developed as a result of a resurgence in the discovery of and interest in antiquities and the Antique, beginning in the Second Empire under Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie. It was initially spurred by the excavations of Pompeii beginning in 1848 and was further popularized by the Louvre’s acquisition of part of the Marquis Campana’s collection in 1861. Ancient Greek influences are evident in the handles of the vases, which recall ancient creations such as the Warwick vase, while the stands are derived from Antique tripods often used for sacrifices and offerings.
The enamelled ribbon bands to the vases are styled in the Byzantine arabesque manner, inspired by illuminated manuscripts and which coincided with an interest in the ancient past. The Barbedienne foundry was a pioneer of the champlevé enamel technique in the second-half of the nineteeth century, first showcasing their foray into Byzantine motifs at the 1862 International Exhibition, London. Their dominance in enamelled works coincided directly at a time when a desire for polychromy in the arts was developing, and the enamels of Barbedienne caused a sensation; vases in the present Byzantine style were particularly popular, and there are now examples in the Cleveland Museum of Art (inv. 1996.295) and the musée d'Orsay (inv. OAO 1296 1) (see F. Rionnet, Les Bronzes Barbedienne: Loeuvre dune dynastie de fondeurs, Paris, 2016, pp. 83-84).

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