CAIN, Auguste Nicolas
(b. 1822, Paris, d. 1894, Paris)

Rooster

c. 1860
Sand cast bronze, height 26 cm
Private collection

Cain did several fine bronzes of poultry and his roosters and hens are always well modeled and true to life. The strutting Rooster has long been a symbol of pride and freedom. Other French sculptures of crowing cockerels have been used as patriotic ideals as well as symbols of male virility.