Bronze Inkwell by "Barbedienne" Paris
France Ca 1880
Beautiful bronze inkwell with "Love Birds" by "Barbedienne". The F. Barbedienne Foundry, Paris was one of the few foundries to survive the Revolution and Financial Collapse of 1848 in France. This was achieved by actively pursuing contracts with many reputable sculptors of Paris such as David D'Angers and Jean-Baptiste Clesinger and many others. Ferdinand Barbedienne died on March 21, 1891, and was mourned by many in the world of sculpture. It was said that he strove to the highest quality in his castings. Albert Suisse said of him that he was the "pride of the nation" and that he "carried the splendor of our industry so loftily to all international competitions". The foundry finally closed in 1952. This bronze is a wonderful example of his high-quality work and attention to details.