A Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Patinated Bronze Athéniennes  Modelled in the Classical Antique Style

Attributed to FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)

A Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Patinated Bronze Athéniennes Modelled in the Classical Antique Style

c. 1870 France

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A Fine Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Patinated Bronze Athéniennes Modelled in the Classical Antique Style, Attributed to Barbedienne.

The bronze impressed with the number R 2571 and R 2572.

This fine pair of bronze Athéniennes or jardinières are modelled in the classical antique style with tôle basins and gilt highlighted, foliate, vitruvian scroll borders. They are raised on triple female-mask monopodiae tripod supports, with berried bosses and united by gilt bronze rope-twist stretchers.

The athénienne was a completely new, multifunctional type of French Neoclassical furniture used as a jardinière, washstand, perfume burner or brazier. It derived from classical antique forms, such as the ‘Isis Tripod’ found at Temple of Isis in Pompeii in the 1760's, and from Olympic choragic tripod torches, such as the one that graced the Athenian monument to Dionysus, popularly known as the 'Lanthorn of Lysicrates'.

Once of the first recorded designs for an athénienne was by Jean-Henri Eberts, editor of 'Le Monument du Costume', first advertised in L'avantcoureur in September 1773. An example was supplied to Madame du Barry (1743-1793) at Louveciennes in 1774 and an athénienne after the design by Eberts, now resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York [1993.355.1].

The exceptional quality of the bronzes on this pair of Atheniennes would suggest the work of one of the most eminent 'fondeurs' of the period.
Dimensions
Height 89.00 cm (35.04 inches)
Width 41.00 cm (16.14 inches)
Depth 43.00 cm (16.93 inches)
Stock Code
B70030
Medium
Patinated bronze
Signed/Inscribed
The bronze impressed with the number R 2571 and R 2572.
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