A Champlevé Enamel and Gilt-Bronze Mounted Jardinière

FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)

A Champlevé Enamel and Gilt-Bronze Mounted Jardinière

c. 1870 France

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A Champlevé Enamel and Gilt-Bronze Mounted Jardinière by Ferdinand Barbedienne, the design attributed to Louis-Constant Sévin. This fine jardinière is decorated all over with foliate scrolls and polychrome enamel flowers on a pale cream background. The jardinière retains its original metal liner.

Champlevé enamelling, is similar to cloisonné in that the enamel is applied to discrete cells separated by metal. However, in champlevé, cells or troughs are cast into or cut away from the metal base, leaving a raised metal line between the cells which forms the outline of a design. The cells are then filled with molten or powdered glass and fired.

The design for the jardinière with its distinctive néo-Byzantine enamel work is attributed to the sculptor and designer Louis-Constant Sévin (1821-1888), who created many of Barbedienne’s most important pieces from 1855 until 1888.

At the age of thirteen the gifted Sévin entered into an apprenticeship with the sculptor Marneuf and by 1839 was an accomplished sculptor and designer of jewellery. During the Revolution of 1848 he moved to London taking up the position of foreman for the goldsmiths firm of Jean-Valentin Morel in London. Many of the items he designed for Morel where presented at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.

Returning to France in 1851 he moved to Limoges to design porcelain for the factory of Jouhanneaud & Dubois, before finally taking up the position of sculptor - decorator with Barbedienne in Paris in 1855, a position he was to hold until the end of his life in 1888. He was to achieve great recognition for his work throughout his long career, including a medal for excellence at the London Exhibition of 1862 and a Gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1878.
Champier, Victor (1889), Artists of The Industry, L. Constant Sevin, in Revue des Arts Decoratifs, t. XI, Paris ,pp. 161-176

Barbedienne, Ferdinand (1886), Catalogue of Bronzes Art 1886, Paris.
Dimensions
Height 13.00 cm (5.12 inches)
Width 23.00 cm (9.06 inches)
Depth 14.00 cm (5.51 inches)
Stock Code
B69110
Medium
Champlevé Enamel
Signed/Inscribed
Signed 'Ferdinand Barbedienne' to the gilt bronze base.
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