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Antique Grand Tour Barbedienne style Bronze Urn 19th C

Antique Grand Tour Barbedienne style Bronze Urn 19th C Sold

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This is your chance to acquire an antique Grand Tour patinated bronze urn in the Barbedienne style and dating from around 1870. Offered for sale in truly excellent condition.

This stunning Renaissance style patinated bronze urn is cast in the manner of Barbedienne. Ferdinand Barbedienne was the owner of a foundry in Paris in the mid 1800s and, in conjunction with his partner, Achille Collas, the inventor of a clever machine that could mechanically reduce statues, they built a business making and selling bronze reductions of the antique Greek and Roman sculptures. This process was popular in that it made fine sculptures more accessible to art lovers.

The body of this piece is cast with a ribbon and floral garland frieze which is centred by a series of ox-skull maskheads. The bronze urn is further mounted with a pair of classical male figural handles.

This fine bronze urn is raised on an attractive fluted and laurel wreath pedestal situated on a square marble plinth base.

This antique bronze urn was hot cast in solid bronze using the traditional "lost wax" process, otherwise known as the "cire perdue" method and the standard of craftsmanship is right up there with the best. This bronze urn is not only in the style of Barbedienne but also to the high standard of workmanship employed by that master of bronze casting.


As previously stated, but worth reiterating, this bronze urn is offered in excellent condition, something we have tried to portray with the included photographs. This bronze urn is available for viewing at our London showroom, along wide a wide choice of other bronzes, please see below for more details.

More Information and To View

Fine bronze urns and other bronze pieces like this are always best viewed them in person if that is possible. However we know that this is not always a trip you can make so you are welcome to contact us using the contact details shown above with any questions you might have about this lovely antique bronze urn. We would also be pleased to arrange a viewing of this and our many other antique bronze pieces at our North London warehouse and showroom. Please email us or call for an appointment to view, quoting our reference as shown above so we know which item you are referring to.

Our showroom is open from 10am to 5pm every weekday and also on occasional Saturdays - please call first before making a journey on a Saturday to make certain that we are open on your chosen day.

Shipping, Delivery and Return

This antique bronze urn is a delicate and valuable item so it requires specialised packing and shipping to its final destination - whether that be your home or other premises. We can pack and ship it to almost any destination worldwide, but we request that you please call or email for a shipping quotation before making your purchase so that we can fully discuss your requirements.

We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge. If you are not satisfied with this item we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this bronze unless we have erroneously described it in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return them in its original packaging and condition. You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 60 x Width 44 x Depth 30

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet x Width 1 foot, 5 inches x Depth 1 foot

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 08646