About This Artwork

Clodion (Claude Michel)
French, 1738-1814

Bust of a Satyr, 1770/75

Terracotta
6 3/16 x 5 5/8 x 3 1/8 in. (15.7 x 14.3 x 7.9 cm) without the attached marble base; diameter of base is 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) with height at 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Inscribed: CLODION (reverse of plinth)

Bessie Bennett and Charles Netcher Memorial Fund, 1975.138

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Art Institute of Chicago, "Selected Works of 18th Century French Art in the Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago," 24 January – 28 March 1976, no. 134.

Art Institute of Chicago, "European Terracotta Sculpture from the Permanent Collection," 27 July – 13 October 1983 [no cat.].

Publication History

Ian Wardropper, "Adam to Clodion: Four French Terracotta Sculptures," Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 11, 1 (1984), p. 32, figs. 14, 15.

For comparison, see:

H. Thirion, Les Adam et Clodion (Paris: A. Quantin, Imprimeur-Éditeur, 1885), p. 402, 285 (ill.).

Terence Hodgkinson, James A. Rothschild Collection: Sculpture (Switzerland, 1970), pp. 90-113, nos. 33-38.

Terence Hodgkinson, “Houdon and Clodion,” Apollo, 93 (May 1971), p. 397, fig. 9.

Ownership History

David Peel, London, before 1973 [according to copy of letter from Gerald Stiebel, April 7, 2002, in curatorial file; see also Chicago 1976 exh. cat.]. Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York, by 1975; sold to the Art Institute, 1975.




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