Mirror by F Barbedienne

Octagonal panelled glass set in an elaborate bronze frame in the form of panels of decorative foliage edged by silver-gilt strapwork.


Bronze & gilding
206 x 137 cm
Art Fund grant:
£20,000 ( Total: £110,000; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
H Blairman & Sons Ltd

The panels are decorated with nude female figures, putti, masks, clusters of fruit, flowers, and ribbons. It joins a collection rich in French nineteenth century applied art. There is another Barhedienne mirror which might still be found in England. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Bought from maker by the 1st Earl of Dudley for Witley Court, Worcestershire; F.L.Hunt & Sons, Taunton; H.Blairman & Sons.

Venue details

The Bowes Museum Newgate, BARNARD CASTLE County Durham DL12 8NP 01833 690606 www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £10.50)

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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