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H. VIAN

Bronzier
(1860-1905)
Assigned to

MAGNIFICENT PAIR OF CHANDELIERS

France
Circa 1880
Height : 150 cm; Diameter : 80 cm

Important pair of Napoleon III gilt bronze and cut-crystal seventeen lights chandeliers.
Beautiful ornamentation of cuts and graven crystals pieces and a set of sixteen daggers complete these exceptional lighting.

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 (the Salé Mansion, now the Picasso Museum), was continued by Madame Vian after her husband’s death in 1905.

Bibliography

Vian realized among others an indoor gate of the villa Arnaga Edmond Rostand in Cambo-les-Bains, as it happens that of the library : “In the library, the wrought iron gate designed by Vian takes these characteristics : curves, flowers and of course iron. Finally, the evocation of the Novel Art is all over in gardens and paintings with the redundancy of 2 typical iconographic patterns, the swan and hydrangea.”

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