Anisy-le-Château, Aisne 1824 - Sèvres, Hauts-de-Seine 1887

RODIN, Auguste

Paris 1840 - Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine 1917

Maker: Boulenger, Faïencerie Hippolyte

Le Vase des Titans

The Vase of the Titans

modeled c. 1878-1880, cast January 8, 1890

glazed polychrome terracotta

type: other

Dimensions (HxWxD): H. 27 1516

signed into the clay before firing: A. CARRIER-BELLEUSE
on the underside of the base, drawn into the clay prior to firing: 3017 8-1 90 [date: January 8, 1890] with the stamp in ink: Hautin, Boulenger & Co., Faïence Manufactory at Choisy-le-Roy
The underside of the vase bears the stamp mark of "Hautin, Boulenger & Co., Choisy-le-Roy", was stamped into the clay before firing 1/96/CB/B/1515, and with the number 2 drawn in ink.

Acc. No.: 2019-189-1a,b

Credit Line: Purchased with the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund, 2019

Photo credit: ph. Philadelphia Museum of Art


  • Uccle, Belgium, Depré family collection
  • c. 2004-2019, Acquired from the above by a private collector, Brussels [In an email of November 5, 2019, Stuart Lochhead reported that the son of this collector wrote to him: "Concerning the information on the Depré family, he [my father] can only tell you that he bought the planter from this large Uccle family "common Uccle" known in politics when Father Depré died more or less 15 years ago."]
  • 2019, June 6, Artigny-en Touraine, château, Rouillac Commissaires-Priseurs, sale, no. 80, bought by Stuart Lochhead Sculpture, London
  • London, Stuart Lochhead Sculpture
  • 2019, acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art


  • Museum's website (accessed February 23, 2021)
  • 1968 Janson
    H. W. Janson, "Rodin and Carrier-Belleuse: the Vase des Titans", The Art Bulletin 50, no. 3, September 1968, p. 278-288
  • 2000 Martin
    C. Espinosa Martin, "La Faïencerie de Choisy-le-Roi a través de los modelos de Alber -Ernest y Louis Robert Carrier-Belleuse en el Museo Lazaro Galdiano", Goya 274, January-February 2000, p. 35-43
  • 2007 Darr
    Alan Darr, "Two newly acquired French sculptures by Rude and Rodin in the Detroit Museum of Art", in La sculpture en Occident. Etudes offertes à Jean-René Gaborit, Dijon, Editions Faton, 2007, p. 277-283
  • 2014 Hargrove and Grandjean
    June Hargrove and Gilles Grandjean, Carrier-Belleuse. Le maître de Rodin, exh. cat. Palais de Compiègne, Paris, Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais, 2014, p. 110-118