This 1890 era statue of the famous "Marly Horse" or "Horse Tamer" was made after the original designed and made for King Louis XV of France in 1745, signed by famed royal sculptor, "Coustou." The rich bronze finish is original on this dramatic cast metal alloy work of art.
The mammoth original statues were placed for the King at Marly at the entrance to the Champs Elysee in Paris. They have been replaced by copies and the original sculptures are now at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Artist Guillaume Coustou was born in Lyon Nov. 29, 1677 and died Feb. 2, 1746 in Paris. He won the Colbert Prize, a four year scholarship to the French Academy in Rome, but soon left. Working for both King Louis XIV and Louis XV, his sculptures are in the Tuileries gardens, Versailles palace and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
"Chevaux de Marly" are probably his most famous work. Inspired by the renowned Roman marbles of the Horse Tamers at Piazza Quirinale in Rome, the powerful action and strength of these great steeds has captured the imagination ever since.
This heroic work of art was cast in solid bronze in France, and has a rich chestnut patina in very fine condition. Measurements are 20" long, 9" wide and 20 1/2" tall.
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