Child Carrying Fruit and Flowers

Claude Michel18th-early 19th century

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

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.

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  • Title: Child Carrying Fruit and Flowers
  • Creator: Clodion (French, 1738-1814)
  • Date Created: 18th-early 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 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.)
  • Provenance: 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, (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
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1944.131
  • Medium: terracotta
  • Inscriptions: Signed: "Clodion"; signature incised on back in the terracotta
  • Department: European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, 18th century
  • Credit Line: The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Collection
  • Collection: Sculpture
  • Accession Number: 1944.131

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