Style romanticism / Ref.13026
Constant Sevin (attr.to), Outstanding column in gilt bronze with mascaron decoration and Vert d'Estour marble slab, second half of the 19th century
Width: 15'' ¾ 40cm
Height: 19'' ¼ 49cm
This outstanding column made in the second half of the 19th century is attributed to the eminent ornamentalist Contant Sevin (1821-1888).
It is composed of a round slab in Vert d'Estour marble supported by a gilt bronze foot. This foot is adorned with a delicate and refined decoration, composed of young man mascarons in a palms ans scrolls decoration. The three feet that are constituting it, are laying each on two claw-feet and are also adorned with palms and scrolls. The bronze is sculpted as moulding under the slab and depicts some orientalist inspired friezes finely chiseled. It is a very important work of creation of which only an ornamentalist as talented as Constant Sevin could be the author.
Inseparable from the Maison Barbedienne, he however provided models to many companies for all types of objects: goldsmithing, cabinetmaking, mirrors, boxes, lamps, fireplaces, vases and clocks. Constant Sevin distinguishes himself by a wide knowledge of the ornamental motifs from very diverse traditions, especially oriental ones. Thus able to compose original works based on a real historical science, his works were very admired. His works, writes Victor Champier in 1888, with their exquisite elegance, are almost all wonders that amateurs of the future will undoubtedly be vying for with gold, and that defy time.
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