In 1847, they devised a process known as appareil réducteur that enabled accurate reductions of classical and contemporary sculptures to be reproduced to a chosen scale in bronze.
Among the many subjects reproduced by the foundry were famous pieces after Michelangelo, Coyzevox, copies after the Antique as well as those by nineteenth century sculptors such as the animalier A-L Barye, David d'Angers and the latter's pupil Armand Toussaint.
Through this contract, this foundry obtained the right from Rodin to produce casts of Le Baiser and Eternal Spring for a 20 year period. The rarity of this edition is not established by limiting and numbering the examples from the beginning, but by the fact all examples are lifetime casts.
Between 18, the Barbedienne foundry alone produced 319 bronze casts of The Kiss, in four different sizes. We may assume Rodin did not supervise the casting and finishing of every single example.
According to Tancock, they were not as refined as examples from smaller editions [Tancock, p. Still, the quality standard of these bronzes must have been sufficient in order not to damage Rodins artistic reputation.
Inset with a rectangular gilt ‘FB’ seal Gilt stamp of Barbedienne's foundry Length: 19 cm, Width: 9 cm, Height: 15 cm A version of this African elephant was included in the catalogue issued by Barye in 1855. Purchased from the Barbedienne Foundry in 1882 for use as a Schools Example.It is evident the Barbedienne version lacks the fine detail of the Alexis Rudier cast.This demonstrates that even a lifetime date is no quality guarantee.Large 'editions' of bronzes, made possible by the development of mechanical scale reduction techniques in the 1830s, supplied the growing market for bronzes to decorate bourgeois interiors.The compositions of Barye, whose models were taken over Barbédienne on the sculptor's death in 1875, were among the most popular.The lower ba Antique F Barbedienne a late 19th century French bronze of the Diana de Gabies, the standing figure pinning her toga with her right hand, on a rectangular base inscribed F Barbedienne Fondeur and with Reduction Mechanique a Collas Brevete foundry stamp A bronze figure of a youth, French, late 19th century, after the antique, cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne, modeled as a naked youth seated on a stump removing a thorn from his foot, signed F.