"Standing Bull", bronze sculpture | Auguste Cain (French, 1821-1894)
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AUGUSTE CAIN (FRENCH, 1821-1894) FRENCH BRONZE SCULPTURE OF A BULL
Monogrammed "AC" on flank, signed "A Cain" on base; Susse Freres foundry mark
Item # 1403MNP05-Z
A truly magnificent work by prolific sculptor Auguste Nicholas Cain, the work captures a proud bull strutting along a naturalistic base. The sense of realism and accuracy is striking, every aspect of the bull's profile nearly photographic in representation of life. The animal is raising his head, looking clearly onward in unwavering determination, his incredibly sharp horns projecting with a perfect curve. His facial features are crisp and precise, highlighting the deep wrinkles of his neck and bulging veins beneath the tight ears and flawlessly chased nose. His hind is impressed with a monogram typical of Cain, "AC", and the base is likewise signed prominently at the front right corner. One of the more lively bases, it is a busy and detailed scene, his feet treading upon an open leveled tree stump with throngs of wheat scattered along the ground with weeds cropping up through the rocks. The back of the base is signed and sealed by the Susse Brothers foundry. The level of detail is truly exceptional, the chased sculpture finished in a most expert manner, the bronze even retaining what appears to be fingerprints deep in the cast - these resonate almost certainly from Cain's handling of and working of the clay sculpture prior to a cast being made. An investment grade work of art, this powerful subject is an exceptional selection for any collectors of French animalier bronze sculptures.
Measurements: 13 3/8" high x 13 1/4" long (tip of tail to nose) x 6" deep
Exceptional condition. Minor patina wear, none noteworthy. Dust in foliage.