F. Barbedienne bronze desk top double inkwell c1880. b Saint-Martin-de-Fresnay, Calvados, 10 Jan 1810; d Paris, 21 March 1892. Excellent casting detail. Measures 10 inches high to top of head, 2 inches to top of the base,7 inches deep and 16.5 inches wide. (Signed on front right. The hand blown cobalt blue glass inserts are original to the piece. The Bust depicts Roman Emperor Lucius Versus, who co-ruled with his father-in-law Emperor Marcus Aurelius, form AD 161 to 169 when he died. By 1850 the firm was also producing a wide range of decorative objects chandeliers, vases and furniture in a variety of revival styles (e.g. Neo-Grec, Gothic and Louis XVI). Between 1850 and 1854 the firm provided furnishings in the Renaissance Revival style for the H?tel de Ville, Paris. From 1851 the firm, by then known as Barbedienne, received numerous medals at the international exhibitions, including medals in three different classes at the International Exhibition of 1862 in London. Barbedienne's work in enamel, which was at the forefront of the revival of enamelwork in France in the 19th century, was shown for the first time at this exhibition (e.g. gilt metal vase with champleve enamel, c. 1862; London, V&A). In 1886 he was awarded the Jean Goujon Gold Medal by the Society de Encouragement pour le Industrie Nationale. The business was carried on by Barbedienne's nephew after his death. To learn more about this famous artist go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_Barbedienne
Modern abstract white marble sculpture of a dove. The sculpture is unsigned but we attribute it to Masami Kodama. Marble is notoriously unforgiving; sculpting and polishing the stone to form a smoothly polished shape incorporating both rounded and geometric elements requires great skill. Masami Kodama is regarded as a master of marble carving. He was born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1933. He majored in sculpture at Kyoto University, and graduared with a Master's Degree in 1958. He came to the US in 1964 to teach at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. His work is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as in many others, and in public, corporate, and private collections throughout the world. The sculpture measures 12.25" high x 9.5" wide x 3.5" deep; the gray marble base measures 6" square x 1" high. This piece is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Tpke Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.comThis item is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Tpke Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at TheBestAntiquesPriceGuide.com. Connecticut residents and buyers picking up in Connecticut please add the CT state sales tax. Buyers outside the USA are responsible for any taxes, tariffs or customs that might apply.
An impressive 19th c. hand carved soapstone figural group of a sow with five piglets, on contiguous soapstone plinth, with numerical markings (verso). China, c. 1900. Dimensions: 5 1/5" H x 7 1/2" W x 3" D.
Pierre Mene bronze sculpture of a pointing retriever c1890. Measures 12.75" long x 5.5" wide x 6.5" high overall; base measures 12.25" long. Signed P. J. Mene on base. Excellent condition. Pierre Jules Mene (1810-1877) was born in Paris. Although he received minimal formal art education, he was the most successful and prolific animal sculptor of his time. He cast his own sculptures in his own foundries. He regularly exhibited at the annual Salon, and was awarded several medals. He also won first class medals at the 1855 and 1861 London Exhibitions.
French sculptor Edouard Paul Delabrierre (1829 - 1912) bronze sculpture pheasants in marsh, signed lower right. Measures 12 .75 inches high long by 21 inches wide overall. Excellent condition, original deep rich patina.