A large and important pair of ormolu vases by F. Levillain and F. Barbedienne


A large and important pair of ormolu vases by F. Levillain and F. Barbedienne

19th century France

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Decorated with alternating scenes of harvesting and portraits of Ariane and Bacchus, each with twin handles terminating in male busts, the bases with four hoof feet and set on square veined marble bases, signed 'F. Levillain' and 'F. Barbedienne'

Ferdinand Levillain (1837-1905) was a renowned sculptor who exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1861. He was awarded a Silver Medal at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle, and was awarded 'Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur' by the French state in 1892.

Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) was a famous French metalworker and manufacturer. He presided over one of the most renowned and prolific foundries of Belle Époque Paris. His atelier created sculptures, clocks, bronze mounts and objets d’art of the highest quality, and his works were shown at numerous international exhibitions of the period. In 1838 he associated with the engineer Achille Collas (1795-1859) who had just invented a process to reproduce statues on a smaller scale. In 1839 they founded the company "Collas et Barbedienne" to reproduce casts of both contemporary artists and Greek and Roman antiquities. From 1860 to 1890, Barbedienne experimented with new techniques in champlevé and cloisonné enamels, to compete with Japanese imports, which were very fashionable at the time. When Collas died in 1859, the company was flourishing in the field of reproductions. Owing to the exceptional quality of his works, Barbedienne was invited to exhibit at the most prestigious exhibitons of the time, where he was awarded many medals such as the Grande Médaille d'Honneur, in the Paris exhibition of 1855.
Height 70.00 cm (27.56 inches)
Diameter 26.00 (10.24 inches)
Stock Code
Ormolu (gilt bronze), marble
Bases signed 'F. Levillain' and 'F. Barbedienne'
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