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Late 18th Century

Height. 38 cm. (15 in.)

Width: 70 cm. (27 ½ in.)

Depth: 35 cm. (13 ¾ in.)

The jardinière is of slightly elliptical demi-lune form with a marble framework veneered on a plaster support. The finely cast and chased bronze plaque has a dark brown patina and is mounted between fluted pilasters.


Henri Rochefort, Marquis de Rochefort-Luçay (1831-1913)

Julian Broome Livingston Allen, Bolton Priory, Pelham Manor, New York (1900-1967)

With Michael Hall Fine Arts, New York, 1975 (together with a matching one)


Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Grand Gallery, C.I.N.O.A., 16 October 1974-5 January 1975, no° 175

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 1979-1995


H. Thirion, Les Adam et Clodion, Paris, 1885, pp. 327 and 342 (illustrated)

A. Poulet & G. Scherf, eds. Clodion, Paris, Musée du Louvre, 1992, p. 182

This highly unusual bronze relief panel is based directly on the central section of a stone relief supplied by Clodion in 1775 for the garden façade of the hôtel built at 8 rue Basse-du-Rempart in the Chausée d’Antin neighbourhood by Jacques-Louis Bouret de Vézélay. After passing through different owners, the hôtel was demolished in 1858 and the relief is now in the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris.

Depicting Galatea surround by Nereids and Tritons, Clodion’s original terracotta relief was exhibited at the Salon of 1779 and is now in the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (see Poulet & Scherf, op.cit. pp.180-187, nos. 29-33 for a full discussion of this commission; this bronze and its companion (now lost) is identified on p. 182, n°2). The Copenhagen relief is composed of three horizontal sections and the present bronze panel corresponds directly to the central section. While Clodion produced very few works in bronze himself, the highly finished nature of this bronze relief and very strong stylistic similarities indicate that it was produced by someone with a close knowledge of the terracotta original.


A Louis XVI bleu turquin marble jardinière with a bronze relief of the Triumph of Galatea after Claude Michel, called Clodion.

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