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Pair of Large Patinated Bronze Figural Torcheres Cast by Barbedienne, Dated 1872

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A highly important pair of large patinated bronze figural torcheres by Émile Guillemin, cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne. French, dated 1872. Barbedienne Title: 'Deux Femmes, Indienne et Persane'. Incised 'Ele. Guillemin 1872' and bearing the cachet for 'F. BARBEDIENNE FONDEUR'. This grand and imposing pair of figural torcheres are of exceptional quality, the figures finely cast with wonderful detail and finely patinated. Barbedienne made a number of editions of this model in different sizes, the present examples being the largest and rarest. The models are listed in Ferdinand Barbedienne's 1886 catalogue as Deux Femmes, Indienne et Persane. 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. 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. Émile-Coriolan-Hippolyte Guillemin (1841- 1907) was born in Paris, he studied under his father, the painter Émile-Marie Guillemin, and was also a pupil of Salmson. He made his debut at the Salon in 1870 with a pair of Roman gladiators, later winning a Honourable Mention for Sculpture in 1897. Guillemin covered a wide range of subjects, but normally figurative (most commonly biblical figures, groups or portrait busts of his contemporaries), specialising in ethnographic works he was particularly renowned as a proponent of the Orientalist movement. Bibliography: Kjellberg, Pierre. Les Bronzes du XIX siècle, Dictionnaire des Sculpteurs, Les Editions de l'Amateur, (Paris), 1989; pps. 369-370.

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    H 88.98 in. x W 19.69 in. x D 29.14 in.H 226 cm x W 50 cm x D 74 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    B72180
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU1028015742102
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