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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. 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 Davis 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 'medaille d' honneur' at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855.


Barbedienne's awards:


Paris, 1878; 'Grand Prix', 'Grande Médaille d'Or', 'Diplôme d'honneur' , and 28 'Médailles de Coopérateurs'.

Vienna 1873; 2 'Diplômes d'Honneur', 'Médailles de Progrès', and 25 'Médailles de Coopérateurs'.

Paris 1867: 'Jure Rapporteur (Hors Concours)'.

London 1862; 3 Medals for Excellence.

Paris 1855; 'Grande Médaille d'Honneur'.

London 1851; 2 Council Medals.


Makers Bibliography:


Barbedienne, Ferdinand, Catalogue des Bronzes d'art 1886Fonderie d'art Français: Val d'Osne, Fonderie de Tusey, Antoine-Louis Barye, Fonderie Rudier, Charles Crozatier, Ferdinand Barbedienne, Livres Groupe, (Paris) 2010


Mestdagh, Camille and Pierre Lecoules, L'Ameublement d'art français: 1850-1900, Editions de l'Amateur (Paris), 2010, pp.23, 120, 155, 161 and 179.


Kjellberg, Pierre, Les Bronzes du XIX Siècle, dictionnaire des sculpteurs, Editions de l'Amateur (Paris) 1987, pps.653-658.


Meyer, Jonathan, Great Exhibitions: London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collector's Club (Woodbridge, UK), 2006.


Ledoux-Lebard, Denise, Les Ebénistes du XIX Siècle, Editions de l'Amateur, (Paris) 1984, p.38.


Cooper, Jeremy, 19th Century Romantic Bronzes, New York Graphic Society, 1975 pps. 25, 41,149.

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FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
'The Violinist' - A Fine Patinated Bronze Figural Sculpture
'The Violinist' - A Fine Patinated Bronze Figural Sculpture by Eugène Delaplanche, Cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne.
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Adrian Alan
FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
A Champlevé Enamel and Gilt-Bronze Mounted Jardinière
A Champlevé Enamel and Gilt-Bronze Mounted Jardinière by Ferdinand Barbedienne, the design attributed to Louis-Constant Sévin. This fine jardini...
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FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
A Fine and Important Pair of Patinated Bronze Figural Six-Light Candelabra with ...
A Fine and Important Pair of Patinated Bronze Figural Six-Light Candelabra with Rouge Marble Columns on Gilt-Bronze Bases. The stylised bronze ...
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FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
A fine Louis XIV style ormolu chandelier by F. Barbedienne
Comprising twelve lights, the nozzles and drip pans on foliate capped scroll branches in two levels from the knopped and waisted stem, decorated wi...
£18000
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
A Highly Important Pair of Large Patinated Bronze Figural Torchères
A Highly Important Pair of Large Patinated Bronze Figural Torchères By Émile Guillemin, Cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne. Barbedienne Title: 'De...
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FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
A large Louis XVI style ormolu clock set by F. Barbedienne
Comprising a central clock and a pair of flanking candelabra, the ormolu clock decorated with acanthus leaves, floral wreaths, and with an urn surm...
£55000
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
A Magnificent and Large Pair of Bronze Figural Candelabra
A Magnificent and Large Pair of Gilt and Patinated Bronze Figural Candelabra, Cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne after the Models by Alexandre Falguièr...
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FERDINAND LEVILLAIN (1837-1905)
A Neo-Classical Gueridon With A Porphyry Top
This striking gueridon has a circular inset porphyry top within a gilt-bronze egg and dart border. The top is supported on three patinated bronze m...
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FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
A Pair of Classical Revival Patinated Bronze Vases
A Fine Pair of Classical Revival Patinated Bronze Vases, Designed by Henry Cahieux and Cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne, on red marble bases with gilt...
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FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
A Pair of Gilt and Patinated Bronze Figural Five-Light Candelabra
A Pair of Gilt and Patinated Bronze Figural Five-Light Candelabra Cast by Barbedienne after the Models by Alexandre Falguiere and Paul Dubois. ...
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FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
A Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Patinated Bronze Athéniennes Modelled in...
A Fine Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Patinated Bronze Athéniennes Modelled in the Classical Antique Style, Attributed to Barbedienne. Th...
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FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
A pair of ormolu and red marble five light candelabra by F. Barbedienne
The central ovoid form vases decorated with classical figures in relief, with square fluted red marble pedestals ending in four scrolling ormolu fe...
£12000
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
A red and white veined marble mounted ormolu inkstand by Barbedienne
Centered by an ormolu model of a nude bearded male between two ink holders with blue glass inserts, on toupie feet
£3500
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
A very large ormolu and cloisonne enamel jardinière
The large central circular form cloisonne enamel jardinière decorated with flowers and trees, with a pierced ormolu rim and a finely cast ormolu b...
£175000
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
A very large ormolu and cloisonne enamel jardinière attributed to F. Barbedienne...
The large central circular form cloisonne enamel jardinière decorated with varicoloured plum flowers and butterflies on a blue ground, with a pier...
£175000
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
An Antique Gilt and Red Marble Jardinière
A Fine Jardinière By Ferdinand Barbedienne Of elliptical form, rising from a square plinth with a moulded top edge, constructed in a finely vei...
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FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
Large antique ormolu mantel clock by Ferdinand Barbedienne
Made by Ferdinand Barbedienne (French, 1810-1892), the design by Louis-Constant Sevin (French, 1821-1888). The central circular dial in an archi...
£120000
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
Pair of French Urns of Carrara Marble and Ormolu
Signed by Ferdinand Barbedienne Constructed in carved white Carrara marble, and ormolu; rising from square stepped bases, the baluster form urns...
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FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
Pair of large ormolu vases by Ferdinand Levillain and Ferdinand Barbedienne
The twin vases depicting alternating scenes of harvesting and portraits of Ariadne and Bacchus, each with twin handles terminating in male busts, t...
£18000
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
Pair of Late 19th Century Napoleon III Candelabra by Levillian and Barbedienne
A fine pair of late 19th century Napoleon III Rouge Griotte marble and patinated bronze four light candelabra Signed F. Levillian and F. Barbedi...
US$15000
Charles Cheriff Galleries, Ltd.
FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
Parcel gilt bronzed group of the Two Fates by Ferdinand Barbedienne
Representing the two Fates, Clotho and Atropos; Clotho depicted seated, holding a spindle and Atropos, lying, holding a scroll and a pair of scisso...
£7500
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
Set of four of patinated brass Barbedienne 'Maiden' Wall Brackets
Set of four of patinated brass Barbedienne 'Maiden' Wall Brackets: the rectangular plaques with different depictions of scantily-clad maidens in c...
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