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A BRONZE EQUESTRIAN GROUP OF 'THE SHOUTING HORSEMAN'
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A BRONZE EQUESTRIAN GROUP OF 'THE SHOUTING HORSEMAN'

AFTER RICCIO, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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A BRONZE EQUESTRIAN GROUP OF 'THE SHOUTING HORSEMAN'
After Riccio, second half 19th Century
On a later parcel-gilt rectangular green marble pedestal; the horse and rider associated? Dark greenish brown patina.
11¾ in. (29.9 cm.) high
Provenance
Sir Julius Wernher, 1st Bt. (1850-1912), Bath House, London, in the Red Room, by whom bequeathed, with a life interest to his widow, Alice, Lady Wernher, subsequently Lady Ludlow (1862-1945), to their son
Sir Harold Wernher, 3rd Bt., G.C.V.O. (1893-1973), Bath House, London, and from 1948, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, and by descent.
Literature
1913 Bath House Inventory, no. 76, p. 16, in the Red Room, on the Mantelpiece.
1914 Wernher Inventory, no. 69, p. 16.
L. Planiscig, Andrea Riccio, Vienna, 1927, pp. 206 and 208, figs. 241-243.
1949 Luton Hoo Inventory, p. 11.

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
Bronzes, other Metalwork and Sculpture in the Irwin Untermyer Collection, introd. by Yvonne Hackenbroch, London, 1962, pp. 9-10, figs. 18-20.
J. Pope-Hennessy, A.F. Radcliffe, and T.W.I. Hodgkinson, The Frick Collection - An Illustrated Catalogue, III, pp. 114-117.
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Lot Essay

When Leo Planiscig wrote about this bronze in his monograph on Riccio, he included it among the numerous variants that were all ultimately dependent upon the superb autograph bronze which is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Planiscig, loc. cit.). That bronze has an almost identical figure, but a different, proportionally larger, horse. The model of the horse evident here is based upon the famous Horses of San Marco, thought to have been in Venice from the year 1204.

Although questions about the age of the horse in this horse and rider group have been raised subsequent to discussion by Planiscig and Pope-Hennessy, it is only more recently that the riders of this and other examples have also been queried. It is now felt that the present bronze is among the aftercasts of the Victoria and Albert bronze that were produced by the dealer Frédéric Spitzer in the later nineteenth century.
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