A Fine Neo-Classical Gueridon With A Rouge Griotte Marble Top


A Fine Neo-Classical Gueridon With A Rouge Griotte Marble Top

c. 1890 France

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A Fine Neo-Classical Patinated and Gilt-Bronze Gueridon With A Rouge Griotte Marble Top, Attributed to Barbedienne and Ferdinand Levillain.

This striking gueridon has a circular inset rouge griotte marble top within a gilt-bronze egg and dart border. The top is supported on three patinated bronze monopodia supports with stylised lions heads and paws and united by gilt-bronze ‘X’ - form cross stretchers.

The design for a plateau or stand, with comparative stylised monopodia supports, by Ferdinand Levillain and cast by Barbedienne, was illustrated in the 1889 Gazette des Beaux-Arts and reproduced by Jonathan Meyer in his book Great Exhibitions.


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 'champlève' and 'cloisonné' enamels during the third quarter of the century.

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 Davis d'Angers' medallions as well as much of Rude's sculpture.

In 1850 Barbedienne was commissioned to furnish the Paris town hall for which he was awarded with the 'medaille d' honneur' at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855.
Meyer, Jonathan (2006), Great Exhibitions, Antique Collectors club, Woodbridge; p. 276, H28.
Mestdagh, Camille and Pierre Lecoules, L'Ameublement d'art francais: 1850-1900, Editions de l'Amateur (Paris), 2010, pp.23, 120, 155, 161 and 179.
Kjellberg, Pierre, Les Bronzes du XIX Siecle, dictionnaire des sculpteurs, Editions de l'Amateur (Paris) 1987, pps.653-658.
Height 81.00 cm (31.89 inches)
Width 39.00 cm (15.35 inches)
Depth 39.00 cm (15.35 inches)
Stock Code
Bronze, Marble
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