This bronze was done after a terracotta piece by famous French sculptor Claude Michel, also known as Clodion.
Claude Michel (December 20, 1738 – March 29, 1814), known as Clodion, was a French sculptor in the Rococo style. He was born in Nancy. Here and probably in Lille he spent the earlier years of his life. In 1755 he came to Paris and entered the workshop of Lambert Sigisbert Adam, his maternal uncle, a clever sculptor. He remained four years in this workshop, and on the death of his uncle became a pupil of J. B. Pigalle. In 1759 he obtained the grand prize for sculpture at the Académie Royale; in 1761 he obtained the first silver medal for studies from models; and in 1762 he went to Rome. Here his activity was considerable between 1767 and 1771.
This piece represents 2 small children playing in a pond with waterlilies. the children are half submerged and only their upper bodies are visible. Clodion had a particular way of depicting small children, with rather flat faces and very rounded arms. This piece is heavy, it dates from the early part of the 20th century. It is also very unique: I could not find another one like it one the web. It is marked on the bottom: Clodion.
Measurements are: 13" diameter, 3" tall. Weight is 9 lbs.
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