CLODION, Claude MICHEL, called

Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle 1738 - Paris 1814

Une Bacchante soutenue par Bacchus et un faune

Bacchante Suppported by Bacchus and a Faun




Dimensions (HxWxD): H. 20 in.

signed on the back: CLODION [N left/right] 1795

Acc. No.: F.1965.1.105.S

Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation

Photo credit: The Norton Simon Foundation

© Artist:


  • 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
  • Norton Simon Foundation


  • 1992 Poulet and Scherf
    A.L. Poulet and Guilhem Scherf, Clodion 1738-1814, exhibition catalogue, 1992, p. 66, fig. 34
  • 1998 ? Pasadena
    Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Foundation, Edited by Sara Campbell Abdo, Pasadena, Norton Simon Museum, 1998?, p. 93, repr. (1st ed. 1989, 2nd ed. 1995?)


  • Norton Simon Foundation's website, 21 September 2010:
    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.