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Antique Pair Bronze Ormolu Marble Pedestal Urns Auguste Nicolas Cain 19thC C1850

Antique Pair Bronze Ormolu Marble Pedestal Urns Auguste Nicolas Cain 19thC C1850 | Ref. no. 09814 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 09814
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This is a magnificent antique pair of small French bronze, ormolu and marble pedestal urns, circa 1850 in date. This stunning ...

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This is a magnificent antique pair of small French bronze, ormolu and marble pedestal urns, circa 1850 in date.

This stunning pair of patinated bronze urns are attributed to the noted French sculptor of the Animeliers school, Auguste Nicolas Cain. 

The urns are of a delightful Campana shape and feature naturalistic decoration comprising of lizards, snails, vines and grapes. 

One thing is certain: the details are extraordinary - the overlapping scales which cover the lizards' bodies, the shells of the snails with their typical spiral pattern, and the high reliefs of the foliate decoration, make this pair of bronze urns a truly virtuoso piece of workmanship.

This high-quality hot cast solid bronze urns were produced using the traditional "lost wax" process, otherwise known as the "cire perdue" method.

They stand on sumptuous white marble pedestals of Corinthian column shape, standing tall upright with beautiful square plinths. They are further embellished by splendid ormolu decorations, which add a touch of luxury to this 

The craftsmanship is second to none throughout all aspects of this pair and they are sure to add an unparalleled touch of class to your home.


Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.



Dimensions in cm:

Height 32.5 x Width 19 x Depth 14

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 7 inches x Depth 5 inches

Our reference: 09814

Auguste Nicholas Caïn (10 November 1821 – 6 August 1894) was a noted French sculptor in the Animaliers school, known for his portrayals of wild and domesticated animals.

Caïn was born in Paris and studied under Rude, Guionnet, and Pierre-Jules Mêne (whose daughter he married in 1852). His first exhibit in the Salon of 1846 was a wax model of a linnet defending her nest from a rat, later cast in bronze and shown at the 1855 Salon. Between 1846-1888, Caïn exhibited 38 models at the Salon.

From 1868 onwards he concentrated on monuments, including the Chiens de meute at the Ch teau de Chantilly, Le Lion de Nubie et sa proie in the Jardin du Luxembourg, and Tigress and Peacock in the Gardens of the Tuileries. In 1879 he assumed management of his father-in-law's foundry upon Mêne's death.

Henri Caïn, a well-known librettist, and Georges Cain, the painter, were his sons.

Lost Wax Method

sometimes called by the French name of cire perdue or the Latin, cera perduta is the process by which a bronze or brass is cast from an artists sculpture.

In industrial uses, the modern process is called investment casting. An ancient practice, the process today varies from foundry to foundry, but the steps which are usually used in casting small bronze sculptures in a modern bronze foundry are generally quite standardised.

 

 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 32.5 x Width 19 x Depth 14

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 7 inches x Depth 5 inches

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