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    Sale 7746

    PARISIAN TASTE IN LONDON: A PRIVATE COLLECTION AND FURNITURE

    10 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 61

    A PAIR OF BRONZE EQUESTRIAN GROUPS OF PORTUGUESE BULLFIGHTERS

    CAST BY VALSUANI FROM THE MODELS BY HERBERT HASELTINE, CIRCA 1920

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF BRONZE EQUESTRIAN GROUPS OF PORTUGUESE BULLFIGHTERS
    CAST BY VALSUANI FROM THE MODELS BY HERBERT HASELTINE, CIRCA 1920
    Each signed and dated 'Herbert Haseltine 1921' and stamped 'C. VALSUANI CIRE PERDUE' on rouge marble bases
    13 in. (33 cm.) high overall (2)


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    The American sculptor Herbert Haseltine (1877-1962) was the son of a painter, William Stanley Haseltine. He was born in Rome, and after attending Harvard University studied painting and drawing in Munich, Rome and Paris. A keen horseman and polo player Haseltine is known for his equestrian sculpture, however he originally only modeled compositions as studies for his paintings before his interest in sculpture grew. After initially adopting a realist style Haseltine developed the more impressionistic approach shown here.

    Known by their Spanish name Rejoneadores or as 'Portuguese Bullfighter I & II', these figures were modeled during the sculptor's travels to the Iberian peninsula in 1920. The Cavaleiro are attired in traditional 18th century costumes and ride characteristic Lusitano horses. Another pair sold Christie's, New York, 28 November 1995, lot 150.

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