“Panier fleuri” chandelier
Height : 66 cm (25,9 in.) ; Diam. : 36 cm (14,1 in.)
Porcelain, Gilded bronze, Brass
Charming porcelain and gilded bronze chandelier with three light arms. It is composed of a central basket in braided brass imitating wicker, from which springs a bouquet of painted brass branches and polychrome porcelain flowers. The whole is suspended by three ribboned rods.
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.