VERY FINE BRONZE SCULPTURE GROUP AFTER MICHEL CLODION (FRENCH, 1738-1814)
”Bacchanalia” c. 1860, signed on base “Clodion, 1762” and impressed “2777”on edge
Item # 604BLO14Z
A truly remarkable sculptural group after the original by Michel Clodion, the casting is a highly complex work involving fourteen different segments: arms and legs are fitted and attached to torsos, these affixed to the base from beneath. It is a powerful subject that combines all elements of the Bacchanalia: pan-pipes laying restive on the ground, pine cones, the tambourine in hand, grapes and the dancing satyr. Detail throughout the piece is simply excellent, the skill of the foundry self evident in the exquisite chiseling and finishing work, the sculpture retaining it’s original nearly blackened patina. As one of the most important classical sculptors, Clodion’s work has been heavily recast - this casting was executed in the middle of the 19th century, probably circa 1860, the extraordinary quality of casting differentiating the work from the inferior pieces cast circa 1900 and later. It is a large sculpture that absolutely commands it’s space, demanding the attention of a room and owning it. It is an investment grade work that firmly anchors a room in the Classical.
Literature: “Bronzes and Founders, 1830-1930, Vol. I”, Berman, 1974, p. 106 & 109, f. 495 [detailing the 22” cast]
Measurements: 22 5/8” H; bronze base diameter approx. 9”; black marble composite base not measured
Dust and trace oxidization in crevices. Wear to patina throughout as expected, clearly visible in the close up images. One rear foot has the slightest amount of looseness, not in any way needing to be addressed; roman joint has simply loosened over the years in a most minor way. Base included with sculpture, this a marble composite with chipping and flaws.