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Bacchante and Infant Satyr


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Title/s

Bacchante and Infant Satyr

Maker/s

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

Category

sculpture

Name

relief

School/Style

Neoclassical

Description

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

terracotta

Dimensions

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

Period

18th century
Louis XVI

Date

1774

Provenance

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

Inscriptions/Marks

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

Documentation

  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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