The eye of the collector by Jean-luc Ferrand


Friday 18 December 2015, by Barbara Cogollos

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Ferdinand LEVILLAIN was born in December 3, 1837 and died January 9, 1905 in Paris. He followed the teaching of JOUFFROY sculptor (1806-1882) and debuted at the Salon in 1861, he will exhibit until 1903. In 1867 he was noticed during the Universal Exhibition with a cutting New Greek bronze.

In 1871 he knows the fame through his association with the bronze sculptor Ferdinand BARBEDIENNE in their common stand they show lamps, amphorae and cups created in a New Greek style. But LEVILLAIN is also a contributor to the Sèvres manufactory for which he produced numerous medallions and medals, most of these medals are still visible, especially at the Louvre, Orsay and the Museum of Fine Arts in Angers.

In 1878, after breaking up his collaboration with BARBEDIENNE, LEVILLAIN triumph at the Universal Exhibition, he was awarded unanimously with a gold medal for his works of ancient style. It was on this occasion that the SERVANT bronze sculptor (1828-1890) declares that his works "chiseled like the finest jewelry" and "forms so varied and pure (...) are raised to the highest degree of perfection ".

In 1884 he is given to him a first class medal at the Salon in 1889 and it is a silver medal which is awarded to him during the Universal Exhibition.

Regularly present in the auctions, the productions of Ferdinand LEVILLAIN are still highly prized by collectors, for proof, a pair of New amphora Greek vases sold at Christie’s NYC on April 24, 2001 adjudicated the record sum of $ 68,000 and a another pair of amphorae vases sold by Piasa (Paris) on June 12, 2007 and adjudicated for € 10,533.

The pair of vases that we offer has been carefully mounted lamp in order to offer maximum visibility. It is the perfect example of the outstanding work and style of Ferdinand LEVILLAIN. Belonging to the current Neo-Grec this precious pair of vases includes the features of antique style (shape, handles etc.) and its iconography (figures, decorations etc). Since the discovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the early eighteenth, many artists and currents reinterpreted dogmas and major features of the aesthetics of art and antique crafts. LEVILLAIN Ferdinand was able to bring an excellence level never reached by his antique-style productions.

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