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Hercules or Atlas Supporting the Globe

Artist:
Possibly by Clodion (Claude Michel) (French, Nancy 1738–1814 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1780
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Terracotta, painted to resemble bronze
Dimensions:
Height: 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1906
Accession Number:
07.225.379
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 552
This is a preliminary model for a bronze clock figure; the movement would have been in the globe. In an anonymous sale in Paris, 1790, a terracotta was sold that purported to be Clodion's model for a clock for Catherine the Great of Russia.
Georges Hoentschel (until 1906; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1906; to MMA)
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