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CAIN, Auguste

Paris 1821 - Paris 1894

Maker: Barbedienne

Lionne apportant un sanglier à ses trois lionceaux

Lioness Carrying to Her Young a Wild Boar

1886

bronze

group

Dimensions (HxWxD): app. 80 x 122 12 x 40 in.

front of sculpture below foot: A. CAIN

Photo credit: ph. Wikimedia/Smallbones, 2012

© Artist:


Provenance

  • Kreilick Conservation:
  • 1886, The bronze sculpture, set on a granite pedestal, was originally exhibited in 1886 at the Paris Salon, the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
  • 1888, The Fairmount Park Art Association acquired the sculpture in 1888 and placed it at several locations
  • 1950, It found a home at the Philadelphia Zoo. According to newspapers of the period, the Lioness was difficult to place because its ?realistic pose... terrified many horses, that in other respects were fearless.?

Bibliography

  • Smithsonian Institution/SOS! website, August 18, 2015
  • 1891 and 1895 Monumental News
    Monumental News, January 1891, December 1895
  • 1974 Fairmount Park Art Association
    Fairmount Park Art Assoc., "Sculpture of a City: Philadelphia's Treasures in Bronze & Stone," NY: Walker Publ., 1974, p. 150
  • 1985 University of Delaware
    Index of American Sculpture, University of Delaware, 1985
  • 1989 National Park Service
    National Park Service, American Monuments and Outdoor Sculpture Database, PA5133, 1989
  • 1992 Bach
    Penny Balkin Bach, "Public Art in Philadelphia," Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992, p. 206
  • 1993 SOS!
    Save Outdoor Sculpture, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia survey, 1993
  • 2006 Kreilick
    Kreilick Conservation LLC, Conservation Report, 2006 (
    http://www.kreilickconservation.com/pdf project sheets/Lioness Carrying to Her Young a Wild Boar.pdf)

Related works

  • Information given by Florence Rionnet, author of a Ph.D. dissertation on the founder Barbedienne (soon to be published), August 24, 2015:
    Plaster exhibted at the Paris Salon of 1886, no. 3590; Paris, Musée des Arts décoratifs.
    Bronze in La Boissière-Ecole, Yvelines, Château (constructed for Commandant Hériot, 1833-1899), signed on base: A. CAIN 1886 and F. BARBEDIENNE. FONDEUR. PARIS.
    Reductions cast with lost wax process by the founder Susse, H. 24 and17 3/4 in