AUGUSTE NICOLAS CAIN
1822 - 1894
LIONNE APPORTANT UN SANGLIER À SES PETITS (LIONESS FEEDING HER CUBS)
signed: A.CAIN, and inscribed: Susse Fres Edts Paris
bronze, light brown patina
35 by 47.5cm., 13¾ by 18¾in.
Overall the condition of the bronze is excellent with only minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There I minor rubbing to the bronze to some of the high points. There is a minor dent to the tip of the tail.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS "
Cain was dedicated to the animalier school and participated on a regular basis at the Paris Salon from 1846 until his death. He made grand works for public spaces in Paris, including the Tigresse portant un poan à ses petits in the Tuileries gardens, which is almost identical in composition.
P. Kjellberg, Bronzes of the 19th century: Dictionary of sculptors, Pennsylvania, 1994, pp.164-167