A Pair of Gilt and Patinated Bronze Figural Five-Light Candelabra

FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)

A Pair of Gilt and Patinated Bronze Figural Five-Light Candelabra

c. 1880 France

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A Pair of Gilt and Patinated Bronze Figural Five-Light Candelabra Cast by Barbedienne after the Models by Alexandre Falguiere and Paul Dubois.

Barbedienne illustrates a drawing of this pair of torchères on page 63 of his 1886 catalogue ‘Bronzes
D’ Art’. He lists them under the heading ‘Deux Femmes Debut’ and describes them as ‘Porte-Lumires, style Renaissance’ also indicating that they were modelled by Paul Dubois and Falguière.

This model of candelabra was exhibited by Barbedienne at the 1867 Exposition Universelle and subsequently installed at the Château de Compiègne as part of the refurbishments undertaken by Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie.

Paul Dubois (1827-1905) entered L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1858. He exhibited at the 1865 Salon the ‘Chanteur Florentin’, inspired by his period of study in Italy and later exhibited this model at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867 (now preserved at the Museé d’Orsay). His success brought him many important public and private commmisions including a portrait for the Duc d’Aumale and a statue of Joan of Arc at Reims. He was appointed curator at the Luxembourg Museum in 1873 and went on to become Director of the L’Ecole des Beaus-Arts in 1878.

Alexandre Falguière studied under Jouffroy at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, exhibiting for the first time at the salon in 1857. He won the Prix de Rome in 1859 and continued to find extraordinary success at the International Exhibitions of the period including the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867 where he won a first class medal. He was awarded the Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur in 1870. As well as private commissions he undertook a number of important commissions for the French state. In 1878 he was asked by the state to realise the Triomphe de la Republique, placed in 1881 at the summit of the Arc de Triumph (taken down in 1886). His most important international work was the Lafayette monument in Washington D.C.
Pierre Kjellberg, 'Les Bronzes du XIX Siècle, dictionnaire des sculpteurs', pps.653-658.
Denise Ledoux-Lebard,'Les Ébénistes du XIX Siècle', p.38.
Jeremy Cooper, '19th Century Romantic Bronzes', pps. 25,41,149
Dimensions
Height 105.00 cm (41.34 inches)
Width 28.00 cm (11.02 inches)
Depth 28.00 cm (11.02 inches)
Stock Code
B68201
Medium
Bronze
Signed/Inscribed
Signed ‘FALGUIERE’ and ‘P. DUBOIS’ respectively and inscribed ‘F. BARBEDIENNE. FONDEUR’.
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