Terracotta statuette by Claude Michel, known as Clodion, portraying a Vestal Virgin bearing wreaths on a platter. The standing figure is dressed in a long pleated dress (the stola) covered by a voluminous mantle (the palla) that is draped over her shoulder and clasped by her right hand from the rear. In her left hand, she carries a platter bearing a wreath of roses and a wreath of laurel. The statuette was probably made in Rome where Clodion studied from 1762-1771. [Minor repairs throughout.]
Signed on the lower portion of her mantle; CLODION (Reversed “N”)
Ex Collection: Arthur M. Sackler French & Co.
Literature: Finger Prints of the Artist. European Terra-Cotta Sculpture from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Harvard University Press, 1981. Nº 81. Page 184. Illustrated, pages 184, 185.
Exhibited: Heim Gallery (London) Recent Acquisitions – French Paintings and Sculptures of the 17th and 18th Century; Summer, 1979. Nº 30