Spectacular and rare pair of Marly Horses on their pedestal Boulle marquetry
The color is superb : black medal.
a true pair of the exceptionally fine, of quality and detail.
bronzes are numbered 1 and 2
bases: 31 cm prof 58 cm width x 22 cm high
bronzes: 60 cm high
high of totality 82 cm
a little history ....
The two large marble depicting horses restrained by grooms were commissioned in 1739, William Coustou for the basin of the Trough of Marly Park.
In 1743, the king chose the models that are presented in the courtyard of the Louvre. The marbles are placed in Marly in 1745.
They are transposed in 1794 in Paris, at the initiative of the painter David, and are built on high pedestals at the entrance of the Champs Elysees.
The novelty of the work lies in the absence of any mythological or allegorical reference.
It is a representation of the primitive nature, a struggle between two savage forces, a wild horse and a naked man, the athlete's muscles bandaged by the effort.
The horse, powerful, with wide neckline, shows every sign of panic and anger: Prancing body, nerve head, neighing mouth, nostrils and eyes dilated rough mane.
The difficult to control Nature is ready to break out again.
The impression of movement, strength and violence of the struggle is evident regardless of where the viewer stands. (Author: Valérie Montalbetti)