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Terracotta statuette of a Vestal by Clodion
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. N 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. N 30
Height (ins.): 16      Length/Width (ins.): 4      Depth (ins.): 4
Origin: France 1765-1770     Period: Louis XV



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