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A RUSSIAN BRONZE GROUP OF A KHIRGIZ CAPTURING A WILD HORSE, ENTITLED 'THE CAPTURE', cast from a model by Eugene Lanceray, the khirgiz mounted on a saddled horse, lassoing the wild horse with a rope attached to a long pole, on naturalistic ground, signed in cyrillic E. Lanceray and inscribed in cyrillic by founder F. Chopin, on a bronze socle with a frieze showing a khirgiz rounding up wild horses (lasso pole missing), circa 1878

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A RUSSIAN BRONZE GROUP OF A KHIRGIZ CAPTURING A WILD HORSE, ENTITLED 'THE CAPTURE', cast from a model by Eugene Lanceray, the khirgiz mounted on a saddled horse, lassoing the wild horse with a rope attached to a long pole, on naturalistic ground, signed in cyrillic E. Lanceray and inscribed in cyrillic by founder F. Chopin, on a bronze socle with a frieze showing a khirgiz rounding up wild horses (lasso pole missing), circa 1878
25½in. (65cm.) wide; 16¾in. (42.5cm.) high; 11½in. (29.3cm.) deep
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COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
I. Grabar, History of Russian Art, V, Sculpture, Moscow, p. 344

Lot Essay

The present fine and detailed cast displays Eugene Lanceray's (1848-1886) mastery in representing horses. The horse is rendered with all the spirit and taughtness of musculature typical of a wild animal. It is caught in a dramatic rearing position with mane and tail swept into the air, which Lanceray has further emphasised by the contrast with the tame horse. The group is also an interesting historical document of a vanishing practice.
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