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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.
This exceptional piece is a large gilt-bronze mounted cloisonné enamel jardinière, decorated with flowers and butterflies on a rich blue ground. 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, 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.
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