Barbedienne Champleveé Gryphon Candlesticks
F. Barbedienne [signed] (1810-1892), Paris c. 1875-1880
In addition to their beautifully cast winged gryphons, these gilt bronze candlesticks feature polychromatic champlevé decoration on their bases and candlecups. The distinctive aesthetic enameled designs are done in shades of aqua, yellow, red and other hues. Signed on their bases “F. BARBEDIENNE”, these candlesticks were created in the foundry of Ferdinand Barbedienne, who was considered the finest maker of artistic bronzes in France in the late Nineteenth Century.
It is interesting to note that America’s leading designers of this era, Herter Brothers, had a longstanding relationship with Barbedienne, and the foundry produced bronze items for Herters’ most important commissions, including their supreme achievement, the Wm. H. Vanderbilt residence, which was completed in 1882/83.