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French Ormolu and ChamplevŽé Enamel Tazza, F. Barbedienne, third quarter 19th century

French Ormolu and ChamplevŽé Enamel Tazza, F. Barbedienne, third quarter 19th century

Item Description:

Signed on side of foot


Overall good, some pitting and crazing to ormolu and cloisonné, two firing cracks to the foot. Please contact for specific condition questions.


Purchased by the current owner from an antique dealer in Scotland, ca. 1975


Height 1 3/4 in.

Diameter 10 1/4 in.

Diameter of foot 6 9/16 in.

About The Artist:

F. Barbedienne was founded by Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) in 1838. Having started as a dealer in wallpaper, Barbedienne went on to join Archille Collas (1795-1959) who had discovered a machine to make accurate reductions of larger statues. Together they produced bronze replicas of antique Greek and Roman statues, then residing mostly in museums. In 1843, they began to cast the work of living artists as well and by 1850, were also making household objects, some with enamel. Their foundry was known for casting the works of such well-known artists such as Auguste Rodin and Antoine Louis Barye.

Barbedienne first exhibited their gilt metal and champlevé enamel works at the International Exhibition of 1862 in London, and received many medals for several of their submissions. There was a brief period during the Franco-Russian War of 1870 when the French government commissioned them to make cannons. Gustave Leblanc, a nephew, took over the foundry upon the death of Ferdinand until 1952, during which time the factory was known as The Foundry Maison-Leblanc-Barbedienne.


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