Vase thumbnail 1
Vase thumbnail 2
+6
images
Not currently on display at the V&A

Vase

ca. 1876-ca. 1878 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This group of figures is almost certainly an early work by Rodin (1840-1917), modelled during the period he worked for the sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, director of the Sèvres porcelain works. The masterly modelling shows the influence of Michelangelo, whose work Rodin had studied in the Louvre and also during a visit to Italy in 1875-6.


object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Earthenware.
Brief Description
Vase des Titans, earthenware, designed by Albert Carrier-Belleuse and sculpted by Auguste Rodin, Paris, France, about 1876-8
Dimensions
  • Height: 36.8cm (whole)
  • Whole diameter: 30.5cm
Gallery Label
VASE DES TITANS C.44-1970 'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900' Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse's workshop produced small-scale sculptural and decorative objects. Here figures by Rodin were assembled by Carrier-Belleuse as a caryatid group. Despite its title, the vase is a section from a much larger scheme which would have also included a column below and a jardinière above. Separate cast of the individual Titans, the originals of which were modelled by Rodin, exist and are frequently used to illustrate the influence on Rodin of his visit to Italy in 1875 and his studies of sculpture by Michelangelo.(1987-2006)
Summary
This group of figures is almost certainly an early work by Rodin (1840-1917), modelled during the period he worked for the sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, director of the Sèvres porcelain works. The masterly modelling shows the influence of Michelangelo, whose work Rodin had studied in the Louvre and also during a visit to Italy in 1875-6.
Bibliographic Reference
A polychrome version with planter was acquired by the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2003: The Burlington Magazine, no. 1251, VOL CXLIX (June) 2007, p. 454
Collection
Accession Number
C.44-1970

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdSeptember 28, 1998
Record URL