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Young Satyress Running with an Owl's Nest and Young Satyr Running with an Owl (pair of statuettes)

Young Satyress Running with an Owl's Nest and Young Satyr Running with an Owl (pair of statuettes)

1770s

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Clodion

(French, 1738-1814)

Terracotta

Overall: 32.1 x 14.8 x 18.1 cm (12 5/8 x 5 13/16 x 7 1/8 in.); with base: 45.1 cm (17 3/4 in.)

The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Collection 1944.129

Description

These works by the French sculptor Claude Michel, called Clodion, show a pair of young satyrs. Clodion was fond of depicting characters from classical antiquity in his work, and the subject of child or baby satyrs in Bacchanalian celebrations appears often in the work of Rococo artists. The female satyr wraps a plump arm around a nest filled with baby birds, while her male counterpart holds an owl. Balancing on one foot, the two flee the scene of their theft.

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