This figure of Ivan the Terrible on horseback is part of a larger composition titled "Tsar's Hunt, or the Hunt of Ivan the Terrible" modeled after the scene described in Aleksei Tolstoy's novel The Silver Prince. (For another figure from this group, see lot 114.) A cast of the large composition was sold Sotheby's New York, 16 April 2013, lot 5. A similar bronze in the collection of the State Russian Museum (inv. no. Sk-746) is illustrated in L.P. Shaposhnikova, Skulptura XVIII-nachalo XX veka, Leningrad, 1988, no. 327, pp. 56-57.
Dr. Adolphus S. Rumreich served as the physician at the United States Embassy in Moscow, Russia from 1935 to 1938. While there, he and his wife, Edna Irene Hall Rumreich, assembled a sizeable collection of Russian prerevolutionary art and books then being sold by the Soviet government. They often accompanied Ambassador Joseph Davies and his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post, when they visited Soviet agencies selling antiques to foreign dignitaries.