Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755) after FONTAINE Fable The Cock and the Pearl 1790
Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755) after FONTAINE Fable The Cock and the Pearl 1790
Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755) after FONTAINE Fable The Cock and the Pearl 1790

Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755) after FONTAINE Fable The Cock and the Pearl 1790

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Rare copper engraving after Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755)

Copper engraving, printed ca 1790

Hand coloured

22.5 x 15.6 cm

La Fontaine gives this Fable a materialist twist by likening the cock to those who are incapable of judging the 'intrinsic worth' of anything. After a very brief telling of the cock's rejection of the pearl as being inedible, La Fontaine describes a parallel situation in which a man inherits a valuable manuscript but prefers to have cash in hand for it. According to his reading of the fable, what the man and the cock lack is aesthetic judgement rather than wisdom. Some later interpretations are equally materialistic.