Style Orientalism / Ref.13537
F. BARBEDIENNE - Small bronze inkwell with a cloisonne decor
Height: 5'' ½ 14cm
Depth: 6'' ¾ 17cm
France, 19th century
This small bronze inkwell with cloisonne enamel decoration made circa 1860 is the work of Ferdinand Barbedienne, bronze maker and founder of the famous 19th century foundry of the same name. The decor seems to have been imagined by the designer Constant Sevin. We owe to the associations of the two men – which has lasted for more than thirty years, between 1855 and 1888 – an important collection of works of art and especially vases, showing the same colors and technical.
The two men articipate to the reborn of champleve enamel in the middle of the 19th century. he first technical tries of Barbedienne were made near 1858 and four years after he presents in the Great Exhibition of London a stand mainly composed of works of art inlaid of enamels – like the model of our inkwell – which does not leave the critic indifferent.
Indeed, we can on its shape and decor a Middle East inspiration but especially eclectic, typical of the artistic trend under the Second Empire.
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