Inkwell in bronze "Un Fleuve" signed Barbedienne after Jean-Jacques Caffieri
Gilt bronze and red Griotte marble inkwell featuring an allegory of a River. This old writing box from the end of the 19th century is composed of a penholder hollowed out of marble and two cups and their cover in gilt bronze. The inside of the cups is in blue glass. In the center is a finely carved bronze statuette of a naked old man simply crowned with reeds and seated on an urn from which water is flowing. His left hand rests on an oar while his right hand holds the edge of the urn. This allegorical figure illustrating a River God is chiseled after a famous marble by Jean-Jacques Caffieri "Un Fleuve", created in 1759 for a presentation at the Salon and entered the Louvre in 1852. This bronze of a mythological figure is signed on the back "F. BARBEDIENNE FONDEUR". This writing set rests on a bronze base finely chiseled with shells and foliage in frieze, supported by six small spinning feet.
Caffieri Jean-Jacques (1725-1792)
Jean-Jacques Caffieri was born into a large family of sculptors of Italian origin. He was a student of François Lemoyne and then a boarder at the Académie de France in Rome from 1749 to 1753. In 1757, he presented the plaster of a "River" at the Salon, becoming a member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. In 1759 he presented the final version in marble and was accepted as an academician. He realized many portraits and busts of great men such as Pierre Corneille, Jean De La Fontaine or Jean-Philippe Rameau. He is certainly the greatest portraitist of the second half of the eighteenth century with Jean-Antoine Houdon.
Dim: W: 37cm, D: 21cm, H: 25cm.
Dim: W: 14,6in, D: 8,3in, H: 9,8in.
Condition report: Good condition. Wear to gold.