French antique ormolu mounted marble inkstand by Barbedienne

By Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892)

£3,500

This ormolu and veined red marble inkstand is rendered in astonishing detail, which is typical of the work of the master metalworker, Ferdinand Barbedienne.

 

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Description

The inkstand is the work of the famous 19th Century Parisian metalworker, Ferdinand Barbedienne.

The inkstand is set on a rectangular ormolu base, raised off the ground by four toupie feet. The base is decorated all around with wave-like motifs and clam shells.

A white-flecked, veined red marble tray is mounted onto the base. To the front of the marble is a rectangular recess, which serves to hold the ink pen.

Behind the pen-holder, there are two circular ormolu inkwells. An ormolu figure of a nude bearded male is positioned between the inkwells. This sculpture is based on a marble work, titled ‘The River’, which was crafted in the 18th Century by Jean-Jacques Caffieri. The piece depicts a river personified as an idealised nude man, sitting on an urn from which water flows. He holds an oar in his left hand, and clasps the urn with his right. The man wears a crown of reeds on his head.

The inkstand is inscribed ‘F. BARBEDIENNE. FOUNDER. PARIS’ on the side of its base.

Details

Artist / Maker
By Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892)
Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
Period
19th Century
Style
Louis XVI, Neoclassical
Material
Marble, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Colour
Gold, Red

Dimensions

Height
25 cm / 9.8 inches
Width
32 cm / 12.6 inches
Depth
18 cm / 7.1 inches

Reference:
15279

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