This charger depicts a heroic scene from the siege of Rome recounted by Livy. Horatius, on foot, held the wooden bridge against the Etruscans while his fellow Romans demolished it behind him, holding off the enemy by himself until he finally jumped into the Tiber. Despite the historical record that he fought on foot, maiolica examples of this subject show him on horseback. Marcantonio Raimondi's engraving of the subject also shows Horatius on horseback, and it is presumably his print which was the source used for Horatius on this charger (see p. 66). Unusually, this charger depicts a wooden bridge as described by Livy, rather than a stone bridge which is more common (see lot 55).