19th Century Set of F. Barbedienne Bronze Snake Candlesticks
Date: 19th Century
PRICE: $ 2,500
Dimensions: H 26cm Diameter 11,5cm
A pair of bronze candlesticks resting on a circular moulded base adorned with snakes crawling upwards.
Marked F. Barbedienne on the base. Numbered 46244 underneath and signed.
Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) was a renowned French metalworker and manufacturer, who was well known as a bronze founder.
He started his career as a dealer in wallpaper in Paris. In 1838 he went into partnership with Achille Collas (1795-1859), who had invented a machine to create miniature bronze replicas of statues. From 1843 they extended their scope by reproducing the work of living artists. Among the principal artists reproduced by the firm were Antoine Louis Barye and Auguste Rodin. With the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 the firm briefly had to switch to cannon founding.
A very nice set.
Both of them still have the extra insert, which fit a 2cm (0.8inch) candle.
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