Nicolas Cain - Decoration - Bronze - First half 19th century

Nicolas Cain - Decoration - Bronze - First half 19th century

L’Ours Vendangeur
Bronze technique, brown nuanced patina
Old style cast iron
Dimensions: 17 cm × 14 cm
Signed at its base and on the hood

After working in the family butcher shop, Auguste Cain entered Alexandre Guionnet's studio and then became François Rude's student. As Antoine-Louis Barye a few years earlier, he studied animal anatomy drawing in the ‘‘Jardin des Plantes’’ in Paris. In the 1840s he offered goldsmith models for the Fannière brothers, Rudolfi and the Christofle House.

Auguste Cain became a partner of the sculptor Pierre-Jules Mène, whose daughter he married in 1852. He first exhibited at the Salon in 1846 with a wax group of warblers defending their nest against a dormouse, which is now missing, but which was later cast in bronze and presented at the Salon in 1855. During the 1840s and 1850s, in addition to carving small animal figures, Cain also created decorative objects with animal motifs, such as matchboxes, cups and candle holders.

Lot details
Designer/ Artist
Nicolas Cain
Estimated Period
First half 19th century
Country of Origin
Excellent condition - barely used with minimal signs of aging & wear
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