Learn about Ferdinand Barbedienne

Ferdinand Barbedienne, (1810-92) is mostly known for his bronze foundry, which he owned with Achille Collas in 1839 who had invented a method for mechanical size reduction of larger sculptures. His first castings were reduced versions of antique statues from European museums, and in the mid 1840s began reproducing the work of living sculptors including the animalier sculptor, Antoine Louis Barye and later in the 19th century Auguste Rodin. On the death of Achille Collas in 1859, Ferdinand Barbedienne became the sole proprietor of the business which at that time employed 300 workers. His work was held in high regard, and he was elected President of the Reunion of Bronze Makers in 1865, a position he held for the next 20 years. Ferdinand Barbedienne died in 1891 and the business taken over by his nephew Gustave Leblanc who continued the foundry with the high standards set by Barbedienne. The business closed in 1954. Works from the foundry are most commonly marked 'Fondeur F. Barbedienne' or similar.
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A bronze figural group on rats on a shell modelled by Georges Gardet (French, 1863-1939), cast by the French foundry, F Barbedienne, 28 cm long

Eugene Aizelin (1821-1902) bronze bust of a veiled young lady, Barbedienne Foundry marks, possibly Duchess of d'Etamps, approx 34 cm high

A cold painted bronze figure 'The Arab Falconer', after a model by Pierre-Jules Mene (French, 1810-1879), modelled as a man in traditional Moroccan dress holding aloft a falcon with its catch of a hare below, set upon a naturalistic form base engraved J.P.

Ferdinand Barbedienne pair of Napoleon III gilt bronze urns with two Grecian handles and bulbous foliate decorated bodies, raised on rouge marble base, signed 'Ferdinand Barbedienne' (2). Height 22.5 cm

After the antique, a French bronze, 'The Borghese Gladiator', late 19th century, the powerfully modelled man on a rectangular plinth which is inscribed 'F. Barbedienne Fondeur', dark brown patina, 67cm high

After Francois-Christophe-Armand Toussaint, a large pair of gilt and patinated bronze figural torcheres: Esclave Indien and Esclave Indienne, cast by F. Barbedienne in the second half of the 19th century from models by Toussaint dated 1850, the male and fe

An important French late 19th century gilt bronze urn the circular marble base with neo-classical decoration. 32 cm high. Signed F. Barbedienne

Antoine Louis Barye (1795-1875). A bronze strolling tiger on bronze base bearing Barbedienne foundry mark. Length 39 cm.

A French bronze twin handled Warwick vase. Signed F. Barbedienne. Socle en marbre, cast with eight portraits in high relief, beneath a reeded acanthus border and twisted reeded branched handles. The whole raised on a stepped rouge marble pedestal base. 27

Bronze, Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875) 'Eagle', c.1900, with dark patination, signed 'A L Barye' in cast, with foundry mark 'F. Barbedienne Fondeur' in cast. Height 25 cm

Fine antique French bronze figure, 'Le Terrassier' by Alfred Boucher (1850-1934) Barbedienne Fondeur, rich brown patina, 41 cm high

Bronze bust of a Centurion, mounted to a turned pedestal and rouge marble plinth, signed F. Barbedienne Fondeur. 18 cm high

A pair of French ormolu mounted breche violette urns and covers 19th century, Fondeur Ferdinand Barbedienne, raised on a square base with circular laurel wreath foot, the body with band of laurel swags and drops supported by two putti handles. The lower ba

Antique F Barbedienne a late 19th century French bronze of the Diana de Gabies, the standing figure pinning her toga with her right hand, on a rectangular base inscribed F Barbedienne Fondeur and with Reduction Mechanique a Collas Brevete foundry stamp

F.Barbedienne bronze candle stick, 27 cm high

F.Barbedienne, antique bronze twin handled urn, 48 cm high, signed

A bronze figure of a youth, French, late 19th century, after the antique, cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne, modeled as a naked youth seated on a stump removing a thorn from his foot, signed F. Barbedienne, Fondeur 31 cm high

A French bronze figure group, signed G. Gardet, foundry mark for F. Barbedienne cast as two mice exploring a sea shell, incised signature and foundry mark width 27. cm

Large 19th century animalier bronze of a rampant eagle signed by famous 'Paris Fordeur Barbedienne' to base. Height 38 cm

Pair of 19th century gilt bronze tazzas, signed E Barbedienne

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