Ref: 1148
  • Designer

    Eugène Cornu (died 1875)

  • Detail

    Bronze, partly gilded, with slate and marble

    101 x 56 x 33 cm

    French (Paris), circa 1865

  • Marked

    ‘EUG. CORNU PARIS’ on rear facing cross stretcher

  • Provenance

    H. Blairman & Sons, 2001; private collection until present

  • Literature

    H. Blairman & Sons, Furniture and Works of Art (2001), no. 7

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Notes

    This jardinière is in the refined néo-grec taste, that reached its apogee in the Maison Pompéienne (1856-60), designed for Prince Napoléon (1822-91) by Alfred-Nicolas Normand (1822-1909).  The néo-grec style was promoted by leading Parisian designers and manufacturers including Constant Sévin (1821-88) and Ferdinand Levillain (1837-1905), both for Ferdinand Barbedienne (firm active 1839-1955), and the cabinet-maker Charles-Guillaume Diehl (1811-85).

    At the Philadelphia Centennial 1876, a table of the same form was exhibited; it is recorded in a photograph, a copy of which is in the Philadelphia free Library.  The image is captioned: ‘ Bric-A-Brac – France’ (see right)