High Road Auctions set a new house record with the sale of this French bronze and cloisonné jardinière c.1870 by Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-92).
It was consigned by a local elderly couple
looking to downsize - clients referred to High Road by an
international auction house.
Clearly signed to the base with
Barbedienne's foundry mark, it was almost certainly designed by
Edouard Lièvre, the talented industrial designer who excelled in
these fanciful interpretations of Far Eastern design. Similar
models featured on Barbedienne's stand at the 1878 Paris Exposition
Universelle, while its near pair survives in the Phoenix Art
High Road's evening sale on December 10 kept
British and international buyers waiting until 11pm to compete for
a lot estimated at a conservative £2000-3000 to reflect some
condition issues. It took a full 15 minutes of bidding before it
sold to a London dealer at £95,000.
The buyer's premium was 20%.