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Barbedienne Candlesticks

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An excellent pair of bronze candlesticks with gilded snakes.


French, third quarter of the 19th century, made by Barbedienne and engraved as such around the circumference of the bases; further stamped with the maker's name beneath. 


4.5 inches diameter x 9.75 in high.


Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) established one of the most important French art foundries producing furniture mounts and bronze sculpture fashionable in Europe during the second half of the 19th century. In 1838 he went into partnership with Achille Collas(1795-1859), who invented a machine to copy in reduced sizes bronze replicas of statues; this early business selling miniatures of antique statues from museums all over Europe. Amongst the catalogues produced by Barbedienne are to be found figures, animals, furnishings and lamps; much of this oeuvre being reproductions of Greek and Roman classical sculpture, or in a design inspired by the same. The Barbedienne factory won many prizes for the bronzes they showcased at the International Exhibitions of the 1850s and 60s.


Item Code: 3583

£ 795

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