A pair of impressive exhibition quality French gilt bronze and champlevé enamel vases on slate plinths Designed by Louis-Constant Sévin Manufactured by F. Barbedienne, Paris circa 1867

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Lot 275W
A pair of impressive exhibition quality French gilt bronze and champlevé enamel vases on slate plinths
Designed by Louis-Constant Sévin
Manufactured by F. Barbedienne, Paris
circa 1867

Sold for US$ 60,000 inc. premium
Property from a private Czechoslovakian Collection
A pair of impressive exhibition quality French gilt bronze and champlevé enamel vases on slate plinths
Designed by Louis-Constant Sévin
Manufactured by F. Barbedienne, Paris
circa 1867
Incised F. BARBEDIENNE.PARIS and C. SEVIN INV. - 1867.
height of vases 31 1/4in (79.5cm); height of plinths 18in (46cm)

Footnotes

  • Ferdinand Barbedienne began his Parisian foundry in 1839, in partnership with Achille Collas. Originally known for bronze reductions of famous classical sculptures, Barbedienne beginning in the 1850s developed the manufacturing of decorative objects in bronze with enamel decoration in various revival styles. In 1855, Barbedienne hired Louis-Constant Sevin as head designer and 'sculpteur-ornemaniste.' With Sevin's designs the firm reached new heights and the thirty year collaboration is considered by many to be the pinnacle of Barbedienne production.

    Sevin's unusual shape design and use of colorful enamels reflects an eclectic combination of styles in these vases: the body of the vases appear to be influenced by the form of a Greek amphora; the cats' heads supports seem to be in the Egyptian taste and the brilliant use of color and design, are inspired by Persian motifs.

    A version of these vases were exhibited at the 1862 Universal Exhibition in London. As the model was popular at the Exhibition, Barbedienne and Sevin developed other versions of the vases that include variations to the ears of the cats, palmettes replacing the cabochons on the central band as well as differences in the shape of the legs.

    A similar pair of vases sold Christie's Paris, Le Goût Français: Arts décoratifs du XVIIème siècle au XIXème siècle, April 29, 2014, lot 304.

    Other similar examples of the vase appear in the Musée d'Orsay, Milwaukee Art Museum and Cleveland Museum of Art.
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A pair of impressive exhibition quality French gilt bronze and champlevé enamel vases on slate plinths Designed by Louis-Constant Sévin Manufactured by F. Barbedienne, Paris circa 1867
A pair of impressive exhibition quality French gilt bronze and champlevé enamel vases on slate plinths Designed by Louis-Constant Sévin Manufactured by F. Barbedienne, Paris circa 1867
A pair of impressive exhibition quality French gilt bronze and champlevé enamel vases on slate plinths Designed by Louis-Constant Sévin Manufactured by F. Barbedienne, Paris circa 1867
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