Barbedienne and Édouard Lièvre: A Perfect Duo

On 25 January 2018, by Philippe Dufour
Attributed to Édouard Lièvre (1828-1886) for the Barbedienne company (1838-1955), jardinière standing on a patinated gilt bronze tripod base imitating bamboo, 19th century, height: 138 cm, diameter: 85 cm.
Result: €143,200

On 21 January at Chantilly, a hammer blow by Oise Enchères auction house awarded well-deserved recognition to this jardinière attributed to Édouard Lièvre, at €143,200: almost three times its high estimate, and a record for the artist (source: Artnet). It also acclaimed the work of the legendary Barbedienne company. Created in around 1880, this bowl perched on its tripod base is typical of the inimitable technique perfected by the cabinetmaker and ornamentist. Lièvre began to produce his famous Japanese-style furniture after the International Exhibition of 1867 in Paris. It had a considerable influence on late 19th century style, with its juxtaposition of Chinese and Japanese animals, as with this spectacular jardinière. Here the dragons are very similar to those of a perfume burner brought back by Cernuschi (inv. M.C. 2082 of the eponymous museum).

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