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Charles-Nicolas Dodin  

b. 1734 Versailles, France, d. 1803 Sèvres, France
Porcelain painter
French

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"Pale-faced and agreeable," Charles-Nicolas Dodin arrived at the Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory when he was only twenty, having first studied military engineering; he was soon described as "having a good talent and making a lot of progress" as a porcelain painter. Like most beginners at the factory, his early works were in monochrome, but he soon graduated to a more complicated polychrome palette. He specialized in painting scenes after François Boucher, landscapes, chinoiseries, and figures. His initial wage of twenty-four livres soon grew, and by the time he was forty, he was earning one hundred livres as one of the factory's highest paid painters. He earned four livres a day for overtime work, as well as bonus payments and an accommodation allowance. By the end of his career, Dodin had become "the most skillful painter in the workshop." A contemporary remembered him as "one of those [painters] who brought the most honor and profit to the manufactory." He always signed his works with the mark K or k.


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Pair of Vases / Sèvres
Pair of Vases

French, 1759

Potpourri Vase / Sèvres
Potpourri Vase

French, about 1760

Pair of Vases / Sèvres
Pair of Vases

French, about 1760

Tray / Sèvres & Dodin
Tray

French, Sèvres, 1761