"F. Barbedienne Important Tazza Nineteenth Bronze"Rare large Tazza in chased and gilded bronze, XIXth century signed by the famous bronzier Ferdinand Barbedienne presenting a neoclassical decor in bas relief in Antiquity produced in collaboration with the sculptor Ferdinand Levillain (1837-1905) signed and titled in the decor. Very elegant shaped piece in the manner of a Greek kylix depicting the Greek deities: Menalcas and Mopsus after the novel by Virgil, Menalque sits and listens with a pensive air Mopsus playing the flute on a background animated with vine branches and a column surmounted by a canthare. The handles are paired with Bachic masks in high relief and adorned on the reverse with stylized lotus leaves. The set rests on an elegant ringed pedestal. Good condition, dimensions: 48 cm wide X 16 cm high Ferdinand BARBEDIENNE moved to Paris in 1822, his meeting with Achille Collas (1795-1859) dates from those years. Collas and Barbedienne joined forces and opened a foundry in 1838. Barbedienne, very interested in the innovative techniques favored by the government of Louis-Philippe, actively participated in the romantic movement. The taste of history and that of Gallo-Roman archeology spread at the same time as that of ancient bronzes. Achille Collas had also invented a mechanical process which made it possible to reproduce mathematically, using a reducer, or pantograph, the sculptures in the round. This invention was considered from the start to be as important as that of the daguerreotype. The house of Collas et Barbedienne sold plaster reductions of the Venus de Milo for some time, then specialized in the production of bronzes after the antique. At the London international exhibition in 1851, then at that of Paris in 1855, the house, registered under the name of Barbedienne, won numerous medals. She then presented reductions according to the antique, the Renaissance, the 18th century and according to certain modern sculptors such as Bosio, David d'Angers, Clesinger and Frémiet, with whom Barbedienne signed exclusive contracts. LEVILLAIN Ferdinand (1837-1905) French sculptor exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1861. He received the silver honor metal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889 and was produced by the Chevalier de la Légion d ' Honor in 1892.