Lot 1216: Italian bronze model of a rearing horse, 16th century, possiby padua, Depicted rearing on its hind legs with its head slightly to its lPlatinum House
October 11, 2012
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
Italian bronze model of a rearing horse
16th century, possiby padua
Depicted rearing on its hind legs with its head slightly to its left, raised on rouge marble plinth.
Overall H: 7 1/4 in., Bronze H: 5 7/8 in.
Purchased from the estate of Henry Osborne Havemeyer Frelinghuysen, philanthropist and grandson of Henry Osborner Havermeyer, art collector and founder of the American Sugar and Refining company.
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Notes: This bronze is closely related to a preparatory drawing for the monument to Francesco Sforza, drafted by Leonardo da Vinci in circa 1485, now in the Royal Library at Windsor castle. In the 17th century, the Italian sculptor Francesco Fanelli produced several small bronze rearing horses that display similarities in posture and size to the present example.