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Herbert Haseltine (1877-1962)
Herbert Haseltine (1877-1962)
Herbert Haseltine (1877-1962)
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Herbert Haseltine (1877-1962)

Percheron Stallion: Rhum

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Herbert Haseltine (1877-1962)
Percheron Stallion: Rhum
inscribed 'PERCHERON' and 'RHUM · FOALED MCMXVII · SIRE LACOR · DAM MAZURKA · BRED IN/FRANCE AND THE PROPERTY OF MRS. ROBERT EMMET · THE/GREYLING STUD · MORETON MORRELL WARWICKSHIRE·' and 'HASELTINE/MCMXXV' and 'FIRST LA MORTAGNE SHOW MCMXIX · FIRST AND CHAMPION AT THE SHOWS/OF THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF ENGLAND MCMXXI MCMXXII/MCMXXIII · FIRST AND CHAMPION NORWICH STALLION SHOW MCMXXII MCMXXIII' (along the base)
parcel-gilt bronze with greenish-brown patina and stone
28 in. (71.1 cm.) high
Modeled circa 1922-24; cast in 1925.
Provenance
The artist.
Mrs. Robert Emmet, acquired from the above, 1925.
Evelyn Violet Elizabeth Emmet, Baroness Emmet of Amberley, Amberly Castle, Sussex, England, daughter-in-law of the above, by descent.
The Hon. David Emmet, Maldonado, Uruguay, by descent.
Christie's, New York, 4 December 1992, lot 115, sold by the above.
Private collection, acquired from the above.
Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1999.
Literature
Herbert Haseltine to Preston Remington, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 1, 1933, Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives.
Field Museum of Natural History, Sculptures by Herbert Haseltine of Champion Domestic Animals of Great Britain, exhibition catalogue, Chicago, Illinois, 1934, n.p., no. 4, another example illustrated.
J. Conner, J. Rosenkranz, Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works, 1893-1939, Austin, Texas, 1989, pp. 48, 52, another example referenced.
M. Cormack, Champion Animals: Sculptures by Herbert Haseltine, Richmond, Virginia, 1996, pp. 4, pp. 32-35, another example illustrated.
T. Tolles, ed., American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 2, New York, 2001, pp. 610-11, another example illustrated.
Exhibited
Venice, Italy, Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Della Città di Venezia, 1926.

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Lot Essay


Herbert Haseltine conceived Percheron Stallion: Rhum and Percheron Mare: Messaline and Foal (Lot 31) as part of a series of British champion animals, most of which the artist modeled from life between 1922 and 1924. The present work was modeled after the horse Rhum who received champion honors at the Royal Agricultural Society of England between 1921-23 and the Norwich Stallion show in 1922 and 1933.

The present work and Lot 31 are each one of six unique bronze castings of this scale. Three marble and stone examples of this size were also created, and the models were later cast in smaller one-quarter and one-eighth life-size versions. Other examples of this scale are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. In a letter to a curator at The Met, Haseltine wrote about the present works, "As your examples were cast in bronze at the same time as those for Mrs. Emmet, it is difficult to say which are considered to be the originals." (letter to Preston Remington, February 1, 1933, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives)

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