‘Japonisme’: Asian influences on French decorative arts in the age of industry.

TEFAF Meet the Experts are interactive conversations with an exhibitor to engage with the vast knowledge and incredible artworks presented at TEFAF. This interactive conversation will feature the ‘Japonisme’ Patinated Bronze and Cloisonné Enamel Table by Ferdinand Barbedienne, The Design Attributed to Edouard Lièvre, France, Circa 1870. This beautifully crafted table encapsulates the aspirations of the nineteenth century decorative arts. Incorporating a Chinese cloisonné enamel panel from the Jiaqing period (1796-1820) it exhibits the Western fascination for Asian art which was especially prevalent during Second Empire France. The table stand is an imagining by the designer and illustrator Édouard Lièvre in patinated bronze emulating bamboo and ornamented with climbing dragons. It is a ‘Japonsime’ creation made by the famous foundry of Ferdinand Barbedienne made to look like the Japanese Mokume-gane technique. The naturalistic form reflects the preoccupation of the day with Darwinism and the development of the natural sciences as well as a fascination for otherworldly objects from distant and exotic lands.

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Giles Forster, Director, Adrian Alan Ltd

Giles is a Director at Adrian Alan Ltd. which was established in 1964 and is a global leader in Nineteenth Century decorative arts. Giles is based at Adrian Alan’s flagship gallery at 66-67 South Audley Street in London’s Mayfair which showcases one of the finest and most extensive collections of antiques available anywhere in the world. Giles joined Adrian Alan in January 2022 after sixteen years at Christie’s auction house in London where he was Head of Department for 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture and Works of Art.

Moderated by Paul van den Biesen, TEFAF