Claude Michel Clodion (1738 - 1814)

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Claude Michel Clodion (1738 - 1814)

A Louis XVI Style Patinated Bronze and Marble Jardinière

FRANCE, Circa 1870

REF No. B73090


Height :39 cm | 15³/₈ in
Width :41 cm | 16¹/₈ in
Depth :33 cm | 13 in


A Louis XVI Style Patinated Bronze and Marble Jardinière, Cast In Relief With Bacchanalian Scenes Of Putti at Play, After Clodion.

The body of the jardinière or vase depicts a charming scene of putti at play in the manner of Claude Michel Clodion. The putti hold aloft attributes of Bacchus including a wine goblet and a Thysys; one putto is modelled as a fawn.

The lower section of the vase is modelled in Sarrancolin marble mounted with acanthus handles and put down on a pedestal and re-entrant plinth base.

The jardinière retains its original tin liner.


The son-in-law of sculptor Augustin Pajou, Clodion (Claude Michael), (1738-1814), trained in Paris in the workshops of his uncle and Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, the most successful sculptor of the time. After winning the Prix de Rome, he moved to Italy, sharing a studio with Jean-Antoine Houdon and studying antique, Renaissance, and Baroque sculpture.

In 1771 Clodion returned to Paris, where he continued to sculpt mostly in terracotta. Influenced by themes from pagan antiquity, he created light-hearted terracotta sculptures that epitomized the Rococo style. He worked on numerous public monuments in Paris later in his life, often in the neoclassical style and his work is represented in museums throughout the world.

Claude Michel Clodion

A Louis XVI Style Patinated Bronze and Marble Jardinière

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