• Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans) - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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Jardinière des Titans (Vase of the Titans)

Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Signed A.Carrier Belleuse.
Cast Terracotta
Height: 15 ½" (39.1 cm)

Conceived in 1877 and cast before 1887

Comité Rodin certificate available on request


Provenance
Private collection, Paris
Marché de l’art, Paris (acquired from the above)

The present model is an extremely fine terracotta cast of a work modeled by Rodin whilst he was in the employment of the eminent Romantic sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse. At this time, Carrier was one of the best-known sculptors in 19th-century Europe, working as the director of the Sèvres porcelain works. He employed a large studio to help him execute the numerous public and private commissions he received.

It is clear from a drawing now in the collection of the Musée des Beaux Arts de Calais, and also recorded by June Hargrove in ‘Life and Work of Albert Carrier-Belleuse’, that Carrier designed the vase himself before giving the project over to Rodin to execute.

Carrier-Belleuse, La Pêche, ca 1876?, graphite and on paper, Musée des Beaux-Arts Calais (image courtesy of Musée des Beaux-Arts Calais)

The pencil drawing is typical of Carrier and shows languorous figures on top of an ornate pedestal supporting a large bulbous vase. The sculptural realisation of the design is however unanimously attributed to Rodin and the complicated contrapposto and strong introverted gestures are typical of his hand. Indeed, the strong musculature is typical of Rodin’s output at this stage, which was heavily influenced by Michelangelo.

Between 1875 and 1876, the young sculptor had visited Italy and in a letter to his long-term partner Rose Beuret he states that during the visit he had managed to learn ‘a few of the secrets of the great magician Michelangelo’. One can see a similar handling of the male form in Rodin’s seminal Thinker, which he modeled three years after the present work in 1880.

The Vase of the Titans was exhibited in 1957 during the exhibition Rodin, ses collaborateurs et ses amis at the Musée Rodin and was also produced in a glazed ceramic version that can be found in several museum collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Musée Rodin. However, the surface of the ceramic is devoid of the texture and detail of the terracotta works, which were cast in sections and then assembled and finished by hand.

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