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  • Candelabra
    Barbedienne, Ferdinand, born 1810 - died 1892
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  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Barbedienne, Ferdinand, born 1810 - died 1892 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt bronze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Ferdinand Barbédienne (1810-92) was apprenticed at the age of twelve to a wall paper manufacturer and by 1834 had become one of the most successful wall paper manufacturers in Paris. In 1838 he entered into partnership with Achille Collas (1795-1858) who, two years before, had invented a machine which applied the principles of a diagraph and the pantograph to the reproduction and reduction of sculpture in relief and in the round. Barbédienne started a new career as a bronze founder. His new firm, under the name Collas & Barbédienne, specialised in antique reproductions and developed new processes for patinations and coloured bronzes. Their exhibit at the London Exhibition of 1851, which included, reduced to half the size, a reproduction of Ghiberti’s principal door for the Baptistery in Florence, brought them universal acclaim, and thereafter, their success was assured. In the latter part of the 19th century the firm of Barbédienne became France’s leading manufacturer of artistic bronzes.

Physical description

Candlestick in gilt bronze in 'néo-grec' style

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1862 (made)


Barbedienne, Ferdinand, born 1810 - died 1892 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gilt bronze


Height: 76.60 cm, Width: 36.50 cm

Object history note

Bought from 1862 International Exhbition for £24. One of a pair.

Descriptive line

Candlestick in gilt bronze, made by Ferdinand Barbédienne, Paris, ca. 1862

Labels and date

These candelabra were purchased from the London 1862 International Exhibition for £24. Barbédienne had exhibited several pieces in this accomplished néo-grec style with great success at the Paris 1855 Universal Exhibition. [1987-2006]






Metalwork; Lighting


Metalwork Collection

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