'The Violinist'  - A Fine Bronze Figural Sculpture Cast By Barbedienne
'The Violinist'  - A Fine Bronze Figural Sculpture Cast By Barbedienne
'The Violinist'  - A Fine Bronze Figural Sculpture Cast By Barbedienne
'The Violinist'  - A Fine Bronze Figural Sculpture Cast By Barbedienne
'The Violinist'  - A Fine Bronze Figural Sculpture Cast By Barbedienne
'The Violinist'  - A Fine Bronze Figural Sculpture Cast By Barbedienne

EUGÈNE DELAPLANCHE (1836-1891 BCE )

'The Violinist' - A Fine Bronze Figural Sculpture Cast By Barbedienne

c. 1872 France

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'The Violinist' - A Fine Patinated Bronze Figural Sculpture by Eugène Delaplanche, Cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne.

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 champlevé and cloisonné enamels during the third quarter of the century. Barbedienne exhibited several pieces of furniture at the 1855 Paris Exhibition including an ormolu mounted oak dressing table and an ormolu mounted ebony veneered bookcase. Both pieces were executed in his favoured Renaissance revival style for furniture. Furniture with mounts signed by Barbedienne is extremely rare.

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

His signature varied from hand written capitals to stamp in capitals, usually 'F. Barbedienne, Fondeur' or 'BARBEDIENNE PARIS'.

In 1839 Barbedienne collaborated with the inventor Achille Collas who had succeeded in enlarging and reducing works of art to arbitrary sizes by a simple mathematical calculation, allowing the accurate reduction of classical and contemporary marbles for the purpose of reproduction in bronze. In 1850 Barbedienne was commissioned to furnish the Paris town hall for which he was awarded with the médaille d'honneur at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855.

Bibliography:
Barbedienne, Ferdinand. Catalogue des Bronzes d'art 1886.

Fonderie d'art Français: Val d'Osne, Fonderie de Tusey, Antoine-Louis Barye, Fonderie Rudier, Charles Crozatier, Ferdinand Barbedienne' Livres Groupe, (Paris), 2010.
Dimensions
Height 85.00 cm (33.46 inches)
Width 42.00 cm (16.54 inches)
Depth 34.00 cm (13.39 inches)
Stock Code
B73161
Medium
patinated bronze
Signed/Inscribed
Signed and dated 'E. DELAPLANCHE 72'. Foundry mark for 'F. BARBEDIENNE. Fondeur. Paris'. 'A. COLLAS EDUCTION MECHANIQUE' cachet.
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