Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892), was a prolific Parisian bronze founder in the second half of the 19th century. He set up the F.Barbedienne foundry in 1838 in partnership with Achille Collas, who had invented a machine that could mechanically reproduce sculptures in reduced sizes.They started with the production of reductions of Classical sculptures but soon were contracting living artists - like David D'Angers, Jean-Baptiste Clesinger, Antoine Louis Barye, Ferdinand Levillain and Henry Cahieux - to create original models. The foundry had, at a point, over 300 workers. Barbedienne died in 1892 but the foundry continued until closing its doors in 1951.
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