The Stotesbury Art Collection

Deux Jeunes Femmes portant un plateau chargé de fruits

(Two Young Women carrying a platter full of fruit)

by
Claude Michel (known as Clodion)

Doucet Clodion No. 96

Two young women dressed in light, close-fiting tunics that leave the arms, the chest and the legs almost entirely naked, supporting a large platter full of flowers and fruits on their arms above their heads. They appear as if they are in the middle of a whirling dance.

Plaster

Cylindrical pedestal in plaster, with imitation colored marble and applications of garlands of flowers in festoons held by ribbons. Executed after the ancient model.

Doucet Clodion No. 95

The same situation as in the preceding group, except one of the women is supporting the platter with only one hand, while her other hand is applied to the arm of her companion. One of the women is presented almost entirely with her back to the viewer.

Plaster

Cylindrical pedestal in plaster, with imitation colored marble and applications of garlands of flowers in festoons held by ribbons. Executed after the ancient model.

Dimensions: Heights of statues: 2 meters, 31 cm. (8 feet, 9 inches) Heights of bases: 87 cm (39.5 inches)

Provenance:

Doucet Collection, Paris

Purchased from Wildenstein & Co., Paris in 1923

Donated by Eva Stotesbury to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1941

Stotesbury Location(s): Whitemarsh Hall, in each Palm Court Rotunda

Sources: Collection Jacques Doucet, Deuxième Partie, Catalogue des Sculptures & Tableaux du XVIIIe Siècle, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, France, 6 Juin 1912

Statue by Clodion

One of the two Clodion statues in the Palm Court Rotundas

Photo source: Mattie Edwards Hewitt Collection, Pennsylvania State Archives

Clodion statue in the Palm Court

A view of one of the two Clodion statues in the Palm Court Rotundas

Photo source: Mattie Edwards Hewitt Collection, Pennsylvania State Archives

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