Antique BonzePanther of India by Bayre cast by Barbidienne
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BAYRE BRONZE cast by Barbidienne
We offer a fabulous bronzepanther of India signed by Bayre and cast by Barbidienne.
Alfred Bayre (was born in 1839 and died in) 1882 The F. Barbedienne foundry was started in Paris in 1838 by Ferdinand Barbedienne and Achille Collas, who was the inventor of a machine that would mechanically reduce statues. They at first produced bronze reductions of antique sculptures of Greek and Roman origin. Their first contract to produce bronzes modeled by a living artist was made in 1843 when they arranged to produce the works of Francois Rude. They barely survived the revolution and financial collapse of 1848 which caused many artists and foundries to declare bankruptcy. Barbedienne actively pursued contracts with the many sculptors of Paris contracting with David D'Angers, Jean-Baptiste Clesinger, and even producing some casts for Antoine Louis Barye as well as others. Achille Collas died in 1859 leaving Ferdinand Barbedienne as the sole owner of the foundry which by that time had grown to employ over 300 workers at their workshop located at 63 Rue de Lancry in Paris. Ferdinand Barbedienne was made the President of the Reunion of Bronze Makers in 1865 a post he held until 1885. The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 and the shortage of raw metals caused him to have to stop making sculptures but he did receive a contract from the French government for the production of cannons which kept his foundry open. After the war he resumed his casting of sculptures and put even more effort into signing contracts with various sculptors. This bronze originates from one of the best of the animaliers of the 19th century and it was cast by Barbidienne who was one of the outstanding casters and an artist in his own right during the last half of the 19th century. In absolutely wonderful condition. Not that large but extremely dignified and gorgeously cast.length: 7.5 inches (18.75 cm) Height: 3.5 inches (8.25 cm) Depth: 2 1/2 inch (6 cm) Weight: 4 pounds (2 kilo)
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- Width: 7.5 inches
- Height: 3.5 inches
- Depth: 2.5 inches
- Weight: 4 pounds