(klōdēôN`) or

Claude Michel

(klōd mēshĕl`), 1738–1814, French rococo sculptor. He executed several important commissions under Louis XVI but is best remembered for his bas-reliefs and small figure groups in bronze and terra-cotta representing fauns, nymphs, and children. He is represented in the Louvre and in the Metropolitan Museum.



(real name Claude Michel). Born Dec. 20, 1738, in Nancy; died Mar. 28, 1814, in Paris. French sculptor.

From 1755 to 1759, Clodion studied under L. S. Adam and J. B. Pigalle in Paris. Although his works were executed in the rococo tradition, they were more restrained in their general rhythm. Clodion became famous for his decorative and elegant terra-cotta statuettes, small sculptural groups, and reliefs, which were characterized by vivid modeling and by representations of reveling satyrs, bacchantes, and cupids. Many of his works served as models for Sèvres porcelain. In the early 19th century, Clodion attempted to work in the Empire style. Examples of his work of this period are the reliefs on the triumphal arch of the Place du Carrousel in Paris (1806).


Thirion, H. Les Adam et Clodion. Paris, 1885.
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On a tiny satinwood table stood a statuette by Clodion, and beside it lay a copy of Les Cent Nouvelles, bound for Margaret of Valois by Clovis Eve and powdered with the gilt daisies that Queen had selected for her device.
1770) and a sculpture of Montesquieu by Clodion, part of the Great Men of France series.
Indeed, Clodion left the marks of his modelling tools clearly visible in the clay.
well-timed challenge by Stanley Chin to collar Clodion in the final furlong before winning by a length and a half, his second success in Dubai this
Lobbing at the back of the field as stable-companion Clodion made the running, Dubai Millennium swept to the front when asked by Frankie Dettori over a furlong from the finish.
Paul Hanagan's mount meets last year's winner Clodion, who will be partnered by Ted Durcan, and the Erwan Charpy-trained Elghani, for whom Willie Supple will ride for owner Sheikh Hamdan.
As a young man, he was transfixed by the style of the 18th century and, thanks to demand for his clothes, became sufficiently wealthy to assemble a museum-worthy group of paintings and sculpture by Boucher, Clodion, Houdon, Fragonard and Watteau.
Satish Seemar and, with his main rival's Clodion only gaining third place in the feature Nad Al Sheba
THE FRICK COLLECTION The Dance of Time: Three Nymphs Supporting a Clock by Lepaute by Claude Michel, called Clodion (1738-1814), 1788.
Feet So Fast gave Seemar his third success in the race after the victories of Diffident in 1998 and Susu in 1999, while it was Moore's second Listed-race success in the space of two weeks after his victory aboard Clodion in the Jebel Ali Stakes.
For this exhibition, Anne Poulet of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Director designate of the Frick Collection, has once again joined forces with Guilhem Scherf of the Louvre, with whom she collaborated on the highly successful 1992 Clodion exhibition.