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Bacchante and Infant Satyr

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Bacchante and Infant Satyr


Clodion (Claude Michel) (sculptor) [ULAN info: French sculptor, 1738-1814]








Terracotta. Oval, with figures in relief. In the centre a Bacchante holding hands with an infant satyr, who dances on her left foot, two other small satyrs stand at a pedestal on which burns a fire. At the bottom of the plaque a basket of fruit.

Production Place

France (country)

Technique Description



height: (whole): 10 1/2 in
width: (whole): 8 3/4 in


18th century
Louis XVI




given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1960 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Purchased from Paul Wengraf The Arcade Gallery, Bond Street, London, who purchased it from Bochler in Germany.

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


  1. signature
    Position: lower front
    Content: Clodion 1774
    Description: signed and dated


  1. (1961) Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Fifty-second Annual Report, for the Year 1960, Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: p. 2]
    [comments: Publ. Illustrated, front cover and p. 2]
  2. Poulet, Anne L. (1992) Clodion 1738-1814, Colmar, Paris [page: p. 425]
    [comments: Ref. This example cited as dated 1776, Paris, Musée du Louvre, 17th March-29th June 1992, p. 425, titled as Bacchante faisant danser un satyre enfant, avec des autour d'un autel. They state that there are numerous examples.]
  3. Scherf, Guilhem Autour de Clodion, variations, imitations, repetitions, [page: pp. 47-59]
    Source title: Revue de l'Art (1991)
    [comments: Ref. see pp. 47-59, see p. 53]
  4. (1964) Apollo, September 1964, [page: p. 221]
    Source title: Apollo (September 1964)
    [comments: Cf. see p. 221, illustrated plaque by Joseph Clinand that has a similar motif as part of the composition]

Other Notes

Francis Watson saw this plaque 21st June 1960 and considered it perfectly genuine. Not mentioned in Therion or in Dictionnaire Des Sculpteurs by Lami.

Accession Number

M.2-1960 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 29873; Input Date: 2001-05-31 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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