19th Century French Patinated Bronze Chicken Vide Poche By Auguste Nicholas Cain


Length 6 inches, width 9.5 inches, height 6 inches.



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A bronze vide poche modelled with chickens by Auguste Nicholas Cain.


Auguste Nicholas Cain (1821 – 1894) was a Paris born French sculptor in the Animaliers school who was known for his bronze sculptures of animals.


The vide poche (empty pocket) is finely cast with numerous chickens around a large wicker basket, the front inscribed AUGUSTE M DE POULES and signed A CAIN, on an oval naturalistic base, dark brown patination.


Auguste Cain was the son-in-law of the famous Animalier sculptor P.J. Mêne and ran his workshop after his death in 1879. Cain exhibited at the Paris Salon regularly from 1846 until his death in 1894. Cain's work is renowned for the superb quality of casting and chasing and the naturalistic details.


The inscription AUGUSTE M DE POULES is a humorous reference to Cain as the 'Master of Chickens'.