Séraphin Nikolaevich Soudbinine was born in Russia in 1870. At the age of 32, Soudbinine moved to Paris and began to study at Auguste Rodin’s studio. He was Rodin’s primary stone carver for many years and is well known for his work on Rodin’s The Hand of God. Soudbinine was a accomplished sculptor in his own right and also collaborated with artist Jean Dunand on several significant Art Deco design projects.

Soudbinine began to make ceramics later in his life, exhibiting works in New York during the 1920s. His ceramics combine the influences of Russian folk art and Chinese art.

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