A French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Patinated Bronze, Signed By Clodion
Item # 5301
Category: Objets D'art
A sensational French 19th century Louis XVI st. patinated bronze, signed by Clodion. The bronze is raised by a half round shaped moulded Red Griotte marble base with a beaded ormolu trim above. The patinated bronze cherub is laying in the grass amidst flowers and is holding a cup in his left hand while holding back the goat with his right arm. The other cherub is standing next to the goat with his left leg against wood, holding back the goat with a floral garland. Both cherubs have floral garlands decorating their head and around their waist. The goat is standing on his back feet with his front legs raised in the air, playing with the cherubs. Wonderful rich patina and exquisite details throughout.
Claude Michel, aka Clodion (1738 – 1814) A renowned French Master sculptor born in Nancy, France.
In 1755, Clodion went to Paris and was a pupil of J. B. Pigalle. In 1759 he obtained the grand prize for sculpture at the Académie Royale; in 1761 the silver medal for studies from models; and in 1762 he went to Rome. Catherine II of Russia was eager for him to go and stay in St Petersburg, but he returned to Paris. Among his patrons, were the chapter of Rouen, the states of Languedoc, and the Direction Générale. His works were frequently exhibited at the Salon. Among Clodion's works, that are displayed all over the world, are a statue of Montesquieu and a Dying Cleopatra, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, (London). One of his last groupings represented Homer as a beggar being driven away by fishermen (1810).