Cloisonné enamel jardinière attributed to F. Barbedienne

Attributed to Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892)


This monumental jardinière is remarkable for its combination of Chinese art and European design in the form of fine gilt-bronze mounts by Barbedienne.


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This exceptional piece is a large gilt-bronze mounted cloisonné enamel jardinière, decorated with flowers and butterflies on a rich blue ground. In two parts: it consists of Chinese enamel subsequently exported to Europe and decorated adorned with exceptional metalwork in the form of rich gilt-bronze mounts and finials, which are attributed to the excellent French bronzier Barbedienne.

It bears a pierced gilt-bronze rim, featuring a pineapple element, and an exceptionally cast base consisting of four legs, in the form of 'Foo' lions with wings. Pieces such as a these proved hugely popular and successful in the late nineteenth century; many were designed Edouard Lievre, for example, and Barbedienne was a highly regard maker in this style.

A piece such as this, with the beautiful Chinese enamel-work and the sumptuous French gilt-bronze forms a stunning combination of 19th century crafts and designs from across the globe.


Artist / Maker
Attributed to Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892)
Country of Origin
Chinese, French
Date of Manufacture
c. 1880
Late 19th Century
Chinese Interest, Chinoiserie
Enamel, Enamel - Cloisonné, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Black, Blue, Gold, Pink


105 cm / 41.3 inches
71 cm / 28 inches


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