Rocking Horse

ca. 1870 (manufactured)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Temporary Exhibition, room 38
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This rocking horse is made of iron and wood. The body, painted grey over white with black hooves, is made in two sections (top and bottom) with each leg joined on separately. Each back leg has a wood brace at the top and the body as a whole is gently shaped. The tail stump also appears to have been joined on separately and is surrounded with a band of leather, some studs but no hair. The head and neck are of cast iron mounted on a central panel of wood running along the upper neck. The head is screwed to each side of the body with two screws, though one of these is still covered in plaster. The head is hollow with pegs to the wood neck panel showing on the cheeks. There are no eyes but the open mouth and nostrils have some traces of red paint. One stud and a strap of leather are attached to the chest. The two rockers are of iron and each end is curled. There is a cross brace at each end between the rockers which widen out in the centre. The horse is mounted on four metal arms which are bolted onto the rockers.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved woood and cast iron, painted
Brief Description
Wooden rocking horse possibly made in France in about 1870
Physical Description
This rocking horse is made of iron and wood. The body, painted grey over white with black hooves, is made in two sections (top and bottom) with each leg joined on separately. Each back leg has a wood brace at the top and the body as a whole is gently shaped. The tail stump also appears to have been joined on separately and is surrounded with a band of leather, some studs but no hair. The head and neck are of cast iron mounted on a central panel of wood running along the upper neck. The head is screwed to each side of the body with two screws, though one of these is still covered in plaster. The head is hollow with pegs to the wood neck panel showing on the cheeks. There are no eyes but the open mouth and nostrils have some traces of red paint. One stud and a strap of leather are attached to the chest. The two rockers are of iron and each end is curled. There is a cross brace at each end between the rockers which widen out in the centre. The horse is mounted on four metal arms which are bolted onto the rockers.
Object history
Purchased by the Museum from Wade Galleries, 19 Camden Passage, London N1 [82/285]
Historical context
By 1852 in France, rocking horses were mounted on iron rockers and the bodies frequently covered with hide. This might account for the condition of this horse. There was a patent secured in 1869, in France, by M. Klein for a child's horse with a head made of stamped metal.
Subjects depicted
Collection
Accession Number
MISC.228-1982

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record createdFebruary 12, 2004
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