ALBERT-ERNEST CARRIER-BELLEUSE | DEUX BACCHANTES ET UN HERCULE PORTANT UN VASE (TWO BACCHANTES AND HERCULES SUPPORTING AN AMPHORA)
Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 GBP
1824 - 1887
DEUX BACCHANTES ET UN HERCULE PORTANT UN VASE (TWO BACCHANTES AND HERCULES SUPPORTING AN AMPHORA)
Overall the condition of the terracotta is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are no obvious visible breaks. However, the terracotta is coated in a slip and the figures appear to be coated with a layer of reddish paint, which could possibly obscure old breaks. There may have been restoration around the brim of the vase, and some of the hands look potentially restored. The group is cast in sections and some stable original joints are slightly visible in particular to the far left figure.
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Auguste Rodin joined the workshop of Carrier-Belleuse in 1864. Although the Deux Bacchantes et un Hercule portant un vase is signed by Carrier-Belleuse, it is generally accepted that the figures were modelled by Rodin and based on the drawings/design of the master. Rodin visited Italy in 1875 and the vase group clearly exhibits the Michelangesque modelling which so much influenced Rodin’s work after this visit. This style is distinguished from the more formal modelling he did earlier in his career under the direction of Carrier-Belleuse, such as the Innocence Tormented by Love, a work on which it is known he collaborated.
H. Jason, “Rodin and Carrier-Belleuse: The Vase of the Titans”, The Art Bulletin, vol. L, New York, 1968, pp. 278-280