Bacchante Supported by Bacchus and a Faun
Clodion (Claude Michel) (French, 1738-1814)
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Claude Michel, known as Clodion, was one of the most creative and technically gifted French sculptors in the second half of the eighteenth century. Although skillful at executing monumental sculpture in marble, his genius was expressed most fully in his small terracottas as shown in Bacchante Supported by Bacchus and a Faun. In this exuberant ensemble a young Bacchante, or female follower of Bacchus, is playfully carried aloft by the god of wine and a faun. Clodion fuses the movement and energy of the Baroque seventeenth century with antique themes in a lighter, more delicate and more subtly sensual style than previously achieved by contemporaries.


  • Artist Name: Clodion (Claude Michel) (French, 1738-1814)
  • Title: Bacchante Supported by Bacchus and a Faun
  • Date: 1795
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Dimensions: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1965.1.105.S
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

Alphonse Adel Alfred Regnier, Comte de Groneau, Marquis of Massa (1812-1846); by descent to his widow;
Caroline-Adelaide Leroux (d. 1874), by descent to her second husband;
Andre-Helene, Baron Roger (1804-1880), Paris (possibly his sale, unsold, 1842), by descent to;
Baroness Roger, Paris, sold 18 November 1916 to;
[Duveen Brothers, New York (3/4), with ¼ sold to Wildenstein, New York, November 18, 1916, sold 27 May 1917 to];
Clinton Ledyard Blair (1867-1949), New York City (until 1936), Blairsden Peapack, New Jersey, by inheritance to his daughter;
Mrs. J. B. Campbell, New York City and Kansas City, Nebraska, sold December 12, 1957 to;
[Duveen Brothers, New York, sold 1965 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.
Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, p. 93
Graham, F. L., Three Centuries of French Art, p. 36-37
Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, cat. D68 p. 446
Le Cabinet de l'amateur et de l'antiquaire, p. 45, 47, 94
Pierre-Hippolyte PENET, Les Adam : la sculpture en héritage, Fig. 168 p. 275
Vacquier, J., Le Vieux Hôtels de Paris, p. 4; p. 1
Hodgkinson, T., Bulletin of the National Gallery of Canada, fig. 4 p. 13, 16
Scherf, G., Dossier de l'art, p. 24-31
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