24 April 2001
A French bronze, parcel-gilt and lapis lazuli-mounted figural torchere, entitled 'Indienne'
Cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne, From a model by Emile-Coriolan-Hippolyte Guillemin, Paris, Circa 1872
Modelled as an Eastern woman, wearing lapis lazuli earrings, holding aloft a cactus leaf-form four-light candelabrum, on a circular base and fluted rouge marble pedestal with circular foot, the base inscribed F. BARBEDIENNE.FONDEUR./ELE GUILLEMIN/1872, electrified
The bronze: 91½in. (232.5cm.) high
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The present cast of Indienne is a rare example of the largest of four sizes of the work edited by Barbedienne.
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