Lot 51

PERFUM BURNER OF THE LAST QUARTER OF THE 19th CENTURY, BY FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892)
In cloisonné enamels with polychrome floral scrolls motif on a blue background, chased and gilded bronze mounting, baluster shape, the handles with openwork decoration in the archaic taste, the feet in the shape of elephant's head, signed F.BARBEDIENNE on the base
H. : 39 cm (15 ¾ in.)
l. W.: 49 cm (19 ¼ in.)
A gilt-bronze mounted and cloisonné incense burner, last quarter of the 19th century, the mounts signed by Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892)
This Japanese-style incense burner, a witness to the creativity of the decorative arts during the Second Empire, illustrates the renewed interest in the Orient and the taste for exoticism that was apparent at that time.
The elegant combination of cloisonné enamels and gilded bronzes found on this piece is typical of the production of Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892), one of the most renowned manufacturers of the second half of the 19th century, and was directly inspired by the drawings of Edouard Lièvre (1828-1886).
We can also recognize here some of the characteristic features of his work, such as: the neck decorated with an openwork frieze in archaic taste, or the feet decorated with elephant heads adorned with jewellery. The latter are present on several signed pieces on sale in recent years, such as :
- a planter sold at Christie's New York, April 20, 2006, lot 19,
- a pair of vases sold at Christie's London on September 29, 2005,
- another pair sold at Artcurial on 16 May 2017, lot 160.