Henry Vian (1860-1905) was a celebrated Parisian bronzier specializing in the production of bronzes in the eighteenth century style and interior ornamentations of great quality. His output was concerned principally with the production of light-fittings but also included other bronze items. Such was the quality of his work that his casting and gilding can often be mistaken for earlier eighteenth century works of art.
He participated in the Great Exhibitions of 1878, 1889 and 1900, receiving a Gold Medal in 1889. As a member of the jury with a status, hors concurs, a measure of excellence, he was prohibited from competing in 1900.
His wife and son ran the business after his death in 1905 until 1944, when the city of Paris took over the premises for the l'Ecole des Métiers d'Art.
Piere Verlet, Les bronzes dores Francais du XVIIIe siecle, Picard, Paris, 1987 (p.342-4).
Yves Devaux, Ed., L univers des bronzes, Pygmalion, Paris, 1978.