Today we are happy to offer for sale a rare and beautiful antique Louis-Ernest Barrias & Ferdinand Barbedienne putto bronze figural vase!
This lovely piece is exceptionally finely crafted and detailed. It is clearly NOT a later re-cast. The diminutive objet d’art might be used as a bud vase, toothpick or match holder, and even used to store a fine writing pen. The bronze depicts a chubby putto child figure bending down and struggling to lift a large Chinese Ming cloisonne-style vase decorated with beaded border neck and base and etched center band. A delicate bonsai tree grows out of the ground neat the base of the piece. The work is strongly influenced by the Victorian (aesthetic/Orientalist) interest in the Fast East and obsession with nature, with hints of the Art Nouveau style which was just taking hold at this time. The piece is signed on the vase “E Barrias” and also on the back of the base “F. BARBEDIENNE,” and in ink on the bottom ” 21557 Seri (indecipherable).”
Bronze presents beautifully and is in excellent antique condition, with very minor display wear and patina commensurate with age.
Dimensions: 4-1/2″ in height, 3-1/4″ in width (at the widest point), 2-1/4″ in depth