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Statuette - Horse Drinking from a Spring

Horse Drinking from a Spring

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1635-1640 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fanelli, Francesco (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.20-1978

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 117, case 1

This bronze model showing a horse drinking from a spring is made by Francesco Fanelli, in ca. 1640.

The Museum had long aimed at having a complete representation of the bronze statuettes of Fanelli, who worked in London as court sculptor to King Charles I. The acquisition of this bronze, the rarest of all of Fanelli's models, makes the collection virtually complete. The model is normally encountered in a simpler form as a brazing horse, without the spring. No other example in which the horse drinks from a spring has yet come to light.

Physical description

A horse lowers its head to drink from a spring.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1635-1640 (made)

Artist/maker

Fanelli, Francesco (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 12.1 cm, Width: 8 cm, Length: 17.7 cm

Object history note

Bought for £4,500 from Antony Emden.

Historical significance: The Museum had long aimed at having a complete representation of the bronze statuettes of Fanelli, who worked in London as court sculptor to King Charles I. The acquisition of this bronze, the rarest of all of Fanelli's models, makes the collection virtually complete. The model is normally encountered in a simpler form as a brazing horse, without the spring. No other example in which the horse drinks from a spring has yet come to light.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, Horse drinking from a Spring, Anglo-Italian, by Francesco Fanelli (active 1609-1665), about 1635-40

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Radcliffe, A. and Thornton, P., 'John Evelyn's Cabinet', in: , CXCVII, April, 1978, pp. 254-262, fig. 8

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Horse; Springs (bodies of water)

Categories

Sculpture; Bronze

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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