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Child Carrying Fruit and Flowers

Child Carrying Fruit and Flowers

18th-early 19th century
(French, 1738–1814)
Overall: 42.2 x 12.8 x 15.3 cm (16 5/8 x 5 1/16 x 6 in.); without base: 35.3 cm (13 7/8 in.)


French sculptor Claude Michel, called Clodion, frequently depicts children in his sculpture, in this case a convincing toddler, from her pout to her plump toes. The piece is constructed in terracotta, a common medium for Clodion. After firing, the unglazed color of the clay can vary widely; each of Clodion's statues has a slightly different hue. The figure has sustained a number of damages, but has recently been cleaned and repaired.
  • Possibly Eugène Tondu (Paris, France) (sold, Paris, April 3, 1865, lot. no. 206)
    Sir Thomas Gibson Carmichael, Bart., Castle Craig, Scotland, sold at Christie, Manson and Woods
    May 12-13, 1902
    (Sale: Christie, Manson and Woods, London, England, May 12-13, 1902, lot no. 257, to Durlacher Brothers)
    (Durlacher Brothers, New York, NY)
    J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), New York, New York
    Elisabeth Severance Prentiss [Mrs. Francis Fleury Prentiss] (1865–1944), Cleveland, OH, upon her death, held in trust by the estate
    Estate of Elisabeth Severance Prentiss, by bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Catalogue of the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Collection : Bequest of Elisabeth Severance Prentiss, 1944. [Cleveland]: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1944. Reproduced: p. [52], Plate XXII, cat. no. 38; Mentioned: p. 55, cat. no. 38
    Ditner, David Charles. Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century European Sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art. 1986. p. 219
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1913-1916.
  • {{cite web|title=Child Carrying Fruit and Flowers|url=false|author=Clodion|year=18th-early 19th century|access-date=24 May 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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