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- Charles Tschaggeny
- An Arabian in the Desert
- signed and dated C. Tschaggeny 1858 lower left
- oil on panel
- 43.5 by 60cm., 17 by 23½in.
Sale, Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 6 December 2005, lot 1045
With a distinctive head shape, high tail carriage, and quadratic profile (its height matching its length) the Arabian is one of the most recognizable horse breeds in the world, as well as one of the oldest, dating back to the third century B.C.E. Throughout history, Arabian horses have spread around the world through war and trade, used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, and strong bone structure. Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of riding horse. The Arabian originated in the Arabian peninsula and was prized by the nomadic Bedouin people, often being brought inside the family tent for shelter and protection from theft. Selective breeding for traits including an ability to relate to humans created a horse breed that is good-natured, quick to learn, and willing to please. The Arabian also developed the high spirit and alertness needed in a horse used for raiding and war. This combination of willingness and sensitivity requires modern Arabian horse owners to handle their horses with competence and respect.