Ferdinand Barbedienne

The famed 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.  Together they started a business selling bronze reductions of antique sculptures of Greek and Roman origin in the museums of Europe, thus making fine sculptures more accessible to art lovers.  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 French 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. 

Achille Collas died in 1859, leaving Ferdinand Barbedienne as the sole owner of the foundry.  By that time, it had grown to employ over 300 workers at their workshop in Paris.  The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 and the shortage of raw metals caused Barbedienne to have to stop casting 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.  Barbedienne purchased 125 casting models from the late Antoine-Louis Barye's sale in 1876.  He set about casting and selling editions of these sculptures which was very successful. 

Ferdinand Barbedienne died in 1891 and was mourned by many in the world of sculpture.  It was said that he strove to the highest quality in his castings.  Albert Susse said of him that he was the  "pride of the nation" and that he "carried the splendor of our industry so loftily to all international competitions".

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"Choir Boys" by Ferdinand Barbedienne
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"Choir Boys" by Ferdinand Barbedienne
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"Diana of Versailles", after the antique
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"Diana of Versailles", after the antique
An original 19th century Barbedienne casting
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"Gloria Victis" by Antonin Mercie (105 cm)
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"Gloria Victis" by Antonin Mercie (105 cm)
An original 19th century Barbedienne bronze
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"John the Baptist" by Paul Dubois
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"John the Baptist" by Paul Dubois
An original 19th century Barbedienne casting
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"Joueuse d'Osselets" by Jean-Jacques Pradier
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"Joueuse d'Osselets" by Jean-Jacques Pradier
An original 19th century Barbedienne casting
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"Le Chanteur Florentin" (30" H) by Paul Dubois
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"Le Chanteur Florentin" (30" H) by Paul Dubois
An original 19th century Barbedienne casting
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"Le Courage Militaire" by Paul Dubois
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"Le Courage Militaire" by Paul Dubois
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"Le Terrassier" by Alfred Boucher
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"Le Terrassier" by Alfred Boucher
An original 19th century Barbedienne casting
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"Lorenzo de Medici" by Michelangelo (18" H)
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"Lorenzo de Medici" by Michelangelo (18" H)
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"Moses" by Michelangelo
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"Moses" by Michelangelo
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"Sleeping Ariadne" by Ferdinand Barbedienne
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"Sleeping Ariadne" by Ferdinand Barbedienne
An original 19th century Barbedienne casting
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"Soldier of Marathon" by Jean-Pierre Cortot
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"Soldier of Marathon" by Jean-Pierre Cortot
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"Taureau Romaine" by Clesinger
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"Taureau Romaine" by Clesinger
An original 19th century Barbedienne casting
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"The Harlequin" by Rene de Saint-Marceaux
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"The Harlequin" by Rene de Saint-Marceaux
An original 19th century Barbedienne casting
Champlevé and bronze covered bowl by Barbedienne
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Champlevé and bronze covered bowl by Barbedienne
An original 19th century Barbedienne casting
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