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 grotesque goat’s head mask. The vases have entwined serpent handles and a channeled spout.
Drawing primarily from pagan antiquity, Clodion created works in terracotta. Traditionally terracotta had been used to make sketches for works in more expensive materials. By the mid-1700s terracotta sculptures were seen as works of art revealing the artist’s inspiration and touch. Clodion’s detailed terracotta’s were a great success. Among his clients, Catherine II of Russia attempted to bring him to her court. In 1771 Clodion returned to Paris, where he continued to produce mostly in terracotta.
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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