Group in the round, representing a female faun holding her young on her lap, and Bacchus playing at their feet on a naturalistic terrace. Sculpture signed " Clodion " on the back. The set rests on a fluted column with a base .... In grey marble encircled by a gilded bronze disc. The faun and her child are surrounded by vine leaves, the child is holding a cup to Bacchus. This one lying on a bed of vine leaves gives him in exchange a bunch of grapes. The thyrse, of Bacchus is put on the bed of leaves. All the attributes of Bacchus are present in this magnificent composition whose quality of chiseling is matched only by the depth of its patina. Dimensions : Height 57cm. Claude Michel, called Clodion, born on December 20, 1738 in Nancy, died on March 29, 1814 in Paris, nephew of the Adams, pupil of Pigalle and son-in-law of the sculptor Pajou, he had stayed in Italy for nine years where he discovered the Roman and Hellenistic terra cottas in the excavations of Pompeii. From then on, ancient art inspired Clodion who specialized in terracotta, ceramic sculpture and decorative bas-relief. He was one of the most representative French sculptors who worked in the racaille style. During the reign of Louis XVI, Clodion carried out important commissions with different relief techniques and sculptures in the round. He practiced bronze casting and firing in terra cotta and excelled in casting mythological and allegorical figures, such as groups of dancers, nymphs, satyrs and bacchantes intertwined or dancers in terra cotta. Clodion also left behind examples of his mastery of marble work in which he was also a recognized expert. In 1755, Clodion went to Paris and entered the workshop of the sculptor Lambert-Sigisbert Adam, his uncle. After his uncle's death, he became a student of J.B. Pigalle. In 1759, he won the grand prize of sculpture of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture and in 1761, he received the first silver medal for the studies of his models.
He left for Italy in 1762 and shared a studio with Jean-Antoine Houdon. Member of the French Academy in Rome, he quickly succeeded. He made marbles for Empress Catherine II and for the Duke of La Rochefoucauld. In 1771, Clodion returned to Paris and was extremely successful. He exhibited regularly at the Salon. He collaborated with the architect Brongniart between 1775 and 1782 to realize the stone decoration of the financial hotel Bouret de Vézelayet and the facade of the Capuchin convent. He also realized the decoration of the bathroom of the hotel of Besenval. The artist, one of the references of monumental sculpture at the beginning of the reign of Louis XVI, made for the king a statue of Montesquieu that was intended for the Grand Gallery of the Louvre. The marble statue was exhibited at the Salon in 1783. He worked on public monuments in Paris, such as the execution of the marble relief
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