A brilliant, singed desing of Ferdinand Levillain (French, 1837-1905). Casted by the royal caster Ferdinand Barbedienne (French, 1810-1892). All Original parts, including glass.
9/10. Screws have been replaced in order to tight stand legs.
Length - 48cm
Height - 6cm
Bronze French Ink Stand
Ferdinand Levillain (1837-1905) exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1861. He was awarded a Silver Medal at the 1889 ParisExposition Universelle, and was made by the French state Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1892.
Having established one of France's most important foundries in 1839, Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) excelled at the masterly art of reproducing both French and Italian Renaissance sculpture. Working for many years in collaboration with the inventor Achille Collas, Barbedienne produced bronze réductions of sculptures from the Antique using a pioneering technique which allowed him to reduce works of art to an arbitrary size using a simple mathematical calculation. However, the diversity of his production was even more substantial, as his entry to the 1867 Paris Exhibition clearly testifies."BARBEDIENNE F. 30 Boulevard Poissonnière, Paris - Artistic bronzes; mantelpiece sets; chandeliers; statues; groups; artistic furniture; articles in sculptured wood and marble; articles in chased silver and repoussé gold; cloisonné enamels."
The high regard in which Barbedienne was undeniably held was formally recognised in 1850 when he was commissioned to furnish the Paris Town Hall. He received the médaille d'honeur for his efforts, presented to him at the Paris World Exhibition in 1855. A decade after this award, he was made the President of the Reunion of Bronze Makers, a post he held until 1885 and a testament to the lifelong dedication he contributed to his craft.