Young Girl Carrying a Garland of Roses on a Platter

Young Girl Carrying a Garland of Roses on a Platter

early 1770s

Clodion

(French, 1738-1814)

Terracotta

Overall: 45.1 x 15.2 x 17.3 cm (17 3/4 x 6 x 6 13/16 in.)

Gift of Grace Rainey Rogers in memory of her father, William J. Rainey 1942.50

Description

Claude Michel, generally referred to as Clodion, is best known for his decorative terra-cotta statuettes. This work is quite representative of Clodion in both subject and style. The sculpture, which is developed upon works dating from the artist's earlier residency in Rome, represents a standing female figure carrying an abundant display of flora. The figure alludes to Greek and Roman depictions of the horae, or goddesses of the seasons, and, through the figure's floral crown and platter, can easily be attributed to the season of spring.

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