Ref. 1613

H. Vian

Bronze-caster
(1860-1905)
(attributed to)

Pair of rock crystal and amethyst girandoles  

France
Circa 1890

Amethyst, Rock crystal, Gilded bronze

Height: 55 cm (21,6 in.); Width: 30,5 cm (12 in.)

Beautiful pair of three arm lights girandoles with rock crystal and amethyst pendants. Inserted into a lovely chiseled and gilt bronze Louis XVI style mount in a shape of a lyre adorned with eagles’ heads, resting on a triangular base. To be put against a wall or a mirror.

Biography

Henri Vian, a bronze-caster active in the second half of the 19th Century, made a lot of interior decorations with chimney mantelpieces, ormolu and patinated-mounted vases, chandeliers,… He produced articles of the highest quality. The signature can be either in script, usually with a lower case first letter for his Christian name as on these vases, or more commonly with initials h.V. in later pieces. The business, located at 5 rue de Thorigny in Paris (Salé Mansion, now Picasso Museum), was continued by Madame Vian after her husband’s death in 1905.

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