" A Hand-candle Signed F.barbedienne (1810-1892)"A hand-candle patinated bronze, shaped oil lamp, signed F.Barbediennedecorated with heads of characters and made-headed eagle. Model lamp inspired by the antiquity , very popular during the reign of Napoleon III
Period : 1870
Origin : France, Paris
Lenght : 5.51 in
Ferdinand Barbediennewas a french industrial. He was mostly known for his bronze foundry producing reproductions. He came to Paris when he was thirteen and was hired as an apprentice saddler before working into several wallpaper shops before deciding to be self-employed in 1833, rue Notre Dame de Lorette where he made his first fortune before associating in 1938 with Achille Collas who had just invented a new method for making bronze reproductions of works of art. In 1839, Barbedienne founded his own workshop and started reproducing bronzes of most of the statues of European museums in a smaller size so it could fit into modern interiors. He wanted to generalize art by giving people access to true reproductions of masterpieces. The motives chosen were often allegorical and taken from Antiquity like the Venus de Milo. He first edited in agreement with RUDE on march, 22nd 1843. In 1848, he diversified his business, working with famous sculptor and producing objects, furnitures, chandeliers mantelpieces... His headquarters are now located 30 bd Poissonière and his workshops 63 rue de Lancry.