Dating barbedienne bronzes

24 Apr

A monumental French bronze sculpture titled LE SOLDAT DE MARATHON / THE SOLDIER OF MARATHON by Ferdinand Barbedienne, after a model by Jean-Pierre Cortot (1787-1843). This is the largest model that Ferdinand Barbedienne produced.

The famed Barbedienne Foundry was started in Paris in 1838 by Ferdinand Barbedienne and Achille Collas, who was the inventor of a machine that would mechanically reduce statues.

In 1850, Barbedienne was commissioned to furnish the main reception rooms of the Hôtel de Ville in Paris and later in the 1880's began reproducing Japonaiserie furniture and imitation Chinese and Japanese works in bronze.

As Barbedienne proudly announced on the front cover of his 1886 trade catalogue, his firm won many important medals at various Expositions Universelles including those at Vienna, Amsterdam and Anvers.

They barely survived the French revolution and financial collapse of 1848 which caused many artists and foundries to declare bankruptcy.

By that time, it had grown to employ over 300 workers at their workshop in Paris.The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 and the shortage of raw metals caused Barbedienne to have to stop casting sculptures, but he did receive a contract from the French government for the production of cannons which kept his foundry open.After the war, he resumed his casting of sculptures and put even more effort into signing contracts with various sculptors. View additional info 1869 "Ferdinand Barbedienne" Paris (1810-1892) 19th C. Some light green spotting on the figure's chest. ALL PROPERTY IS SOLD 'AS IS.' NO STATEMENT REGARDING CONDITION OF ANY ITEM, WHETHER IT IS MADE ORALLY AT THE AUCTION OR ANY OTHER TIME, OR IN WRITING IN THE CATALOGUE OR ELSEWHERE, SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE A WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION, OR ASSUMPTION OF LIABILITY. The poet is enhanced by a small box of scrolls in the left corner of the rectangular plinth. Its overall height is 63 cm and the plinth measures 3 x 21.5 x 16.5 cm (height x width x depth). THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION IS COURTESY TO THE ENGLISH SPEAKERS. Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810 - 1892), an ormolu chamberstick, finely cast with female nudes, masks and scrolls, the conforming ring handle with scallop shell thumbpiece, signed. 7cm View additional info Condition consistent with age. His himation is richly draped and ends upon his sandals on his feet. The round foundry stamp is set on the verso side of the plinth 'Reduction Mecanique. The bronze is in very good condition considering its age.