Gilt Bronze & Enamel
Maker’s mark of Barbedienne
Length over handles: 24.5 cm, 9.64 in.
Height: 19.5 cm, 7.68 in.
The F. Barbedienne foundry was started in Paris in 1838 by Ferdinand Barbedienne and Achille Collas. Achille Collas died in 1859 leaving Ferdinand Barbedienne as the sole owner of the foundry which by that time had grown to employ over 300 workers at their workshop located at 63 Rue de Lancry in Paris. Ferdinand Barbedienne was made the President of the Reunion of Bronze Makers in 1865 a post he held until 1885. The foundry continued under the stewardship of M. Leblanc until 1952.Description
Of square form with two handles either side and raised on a stand, this brilliantly colour vase ‘cache-pot’ designed for plant display is a masterpiece of the Parisian bronze-founder Barbedienne; the design epitomized the love for the antique expressed at the time and reflected in styles of interior decoration in the age of Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie. The rich cloisonné enamelled tablets to the sides and styled in a Pompeian manner as in the contemporary fashion for ceramic tile ‘cache-pots’ popularized by Messrs. Minton. The bronzing technique executed in the ‘champleve’ manner, illustrative of Barbedienne’s artistic influences from Japanese and Chinese enamels.
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