A Pair of Patinated Bronze and Marble Urns and Covers
A Fine Pair of Patinated Bronze and Rouge Griotte Marble Urns and Covers, In The Manner of Clodion. Of fine patina each urn has an ovoid shaped body cast...
DimensionsHeight: 43 cm (17 in)
Width: 24 cm (10 in)
Depth: 16 cm (7 in)
A Fine Pair of Patinated Bronze and Rouge Griotte Marble Urns and Covers, In The Manner of Clodion. Of fine patina each urn has an ovoid shaped body cast in high relief with vine leaves and bacchanalian figures, with leaf cast handles and domed lids surmounted by cup bearing putti. The urns are raised on circular stepped rouge griotte bases, with bronze bands cast with goats and putti at play. Each fitted with a removable brass bowl.
The son-in-law of sculptor Augustin Pajou, Clodion, (Claude Michel), (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 produce mostly in terracotta. He also worked with his brothers in other media, decorating objects such as candelabra, clocks, and vases. Drawing primarily from pagan antiquity, he created light-hearted terracotta sculptures that epitomised the Rococo style. Late in his life, when Neo-classical works were more popular, Clodion adjusted his style and worked on major public monuments in Paris.