Neoclassical Terracotta Ewers


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A pair of large terracotta ewers in the light-hearted manner of Clodion (1738-1814) showing a Bacchic scene of drunken merrymaking with maidens and satyrs, and featuring a comical goat’s head mask. The vases have entwined serpent handles and a channeled spout.

Background of Clodion:

Drawing primarily from pagan antiquity, Clodion created works in terracotta. Traditionally terracotta had been used to make sketches for works in more expensive materials. But Clodion’s detailed terracotta’s were a great success. By the mid-1700s terracotta sculptures were seen as works of art revealing the artist’s inspiration and touch. Among his clients, Catherine II of Russia attempted to bring him to her court.

H 17.75 in. x W 6.5 in. x D 10.5 in.

Excellent. Small edge chips invisibly restored.




Clodion was born into a family of sculptors in Nancy, France. His father was a sculptor as were his mother’s two brothers. In 1755 he entered the Paris workshop of his uncle Lamber-Sigisbert Adam, an established sculptor. In 1759 he obtained the grand prize for sculpture at the Academie Royale. From 1762 to 1771 he worked as a sculptor in  Rome. The French Revolution drove Clodion back to Nancy where he remained until 1792.

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