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    Sale 2105

    European Furniture, Works of Art, and Tapestries: Including Jansen: The Past Reimagined

    7 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 8

    A BRONZE FIGURE OF A SAINT MARK'S HORSE

    ITALIAN, PROBABLY 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A BRONZE FIGURE OF A SAINT MARK'S HORSE
    ITALIAN, PROBABLY 17TH CENTURY
    On a later red marble base
    9½ in. (24 cm.) high, 9½ in. (24 cm.) wide; 13½ in. (34 cm.) high overall, 11 in. (28 cm.) wide overall


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    The famous bronze horses of San Marco, standing five feet in height, were probably cast originally for the Arch of Nero in Rome. Constantine the Great had them removed to Byzantium, and in 1204 Doge Dandolo on his conquest of Constantinople had them brought back to Venice. They were removed yet again in 1797, this time by Napoleon, and were finally returned to Venice as a provision of the Treaty of Paris of 1815, following Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF JANE KATZ AND THE ESTATE OF LESLIE GEORGE KATZ
    (LOT 8)