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Pair of French Classical Revival Bronze Vases by Barbedienne, c 1854

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A fine pair of classical revival patinated bronze vases, designed by Henry Cahieux and cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne, on red marble bases with gilt bronze paw feet. Signed ‘Henry Cahieux’ and ‘F. Barbedienne’. This exceptional pair of patinated bronze urns was designed in the fashionable néo-grec style by the Parisian sculptor Henry Cahieux and cast by the fondeur Ferdinand Barbedienne. This model of vase was exhibited by Barbedienne at the 1855 Paris Exposition Universelle to great acclaim. They were illustrated in the Exhibition Catalogue alongside a classical revival tripod. The pair of vases together with another were described as follows: The two vases (...) selected from many exquisite and beautiful decorative works in bronze from the atelier of Messrs. Barbedienne & Cie, of Paris; they are formed, and ornamented, on the best models of the ancient Greek. The Parisian sculptor Henry Cahieux (1825-1854) is recorded as having supplied the celebrated Barbedienne foundry with exclusive master models for casting in bronze including, bas-reliefs in the néo-grec, Egyptian and Japanese styles. He exhibited at the Salon between 1850 and 1853, his work always cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne. The Parisian ébéniste and fondeur Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) was a highly important and prolific bronze founder of one of the most important French art foundries. He had his main shop in 30, boulevard Poissonnière and his studios were established at 63, rue de Lancry. He pioneered the use of mounts and, more commonly, bronze sculpture including figures and animals. Barbedienne produced catalogues of bronze reproductions of Greek and Roman classical sculpture and experimented with champlevé and cloisonné enamels during the third quarter of the century. Barbedienne exhibited several pieces of furniture at the 1855 Paris Exhibition. Bibliography: Meyer, Jonathan. Great Exhibitions, London - New York - Paris - Philadelphia 1851-1900, Antique Collectors Club, (Woodbridge, UK), 2006; p.95-97, il. C15 Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) was the inspiration and driving force behind one of the most important French art foundries. He pioneered the use of mounts and, more commonly, bronze sculpture including figures and animals. Barbedienne produced catalogues of bronze reproductions of Greek and Roman classical sculpture and experimented with champlevé and cloisonné enamels during the third quarter of the century. Barbedienne exhibited several pieces of furniture at the 1855 Paris Exhibition including an ormolu-mounted oak dressing table and an ormolu-mounted ebony veneered bookcase. Both pieces were executed in his favoured Renaissance Revival style for furniture. Furniture with mounts signed by Barbedienne is extremely rare. The Barbedienne foundry handled the casting of numerous national monuments and architectural schemes. Ferdinand Barbedienne himself also took an active part in the promotion of contemporary sculpture and became one of the founders for David d'Angers' medallions as well as much of Rude's sculpture. His signature varied from hand written capitals to stamp in capitals, usually 'F. Barbedienne, Fondeur' or 'BARBEDIENNE PARIS'. In 1839 Barbedienne collaborated with the inventor Achille Collas who had succeeded in enlarging and reducing works of art to arbitrary sizes by a simple mathematical calculation, allowing the accurate reduction of classical and contemporary marbles for the purpose of reproduction in bronze. In 1850 Barbedienne was commissioned to furnish the Paris town hall for which he was awarded with the médaille d'honneur at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855. French, Dated 1854. Bibliography: Barbedienne, Ferdinand. Catalogue des Bronzes d'art 1886. Fonderie d'art Français: Val d'Osne, Fonderie de Tusey, Antoine-Louis Barye, Fonderie Rudier, Charles Crozatier, Ferdinand Barbedienne' Livres Groupe, (Paris), 2010.

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