Séraphin Soudbinine (1870 – 1944)
After he met Rodin, Seraphim Soudbinine came to France to study sculpture. He was a pupil and collaborator of the master for almost ten years. From 1905 he exhibited regularly at the Salon d’Automne and from 1910 at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts. During a trip to New York in 1923 he discovered Middle Eastern ceramics at the MET; subsequently he decided to learn about this medium. Self-taught, he built his own ovens and mixed the clay and enamels with which he produced stoneware and porcelain pieces. His work showed the influence of Middle Eastern iconography, fantastic bestiaries in particular.