After returning from a trip to Algeria in 1883, Lanceray wrote to his friend Vyacheslav Rossolovskii that he had just finished sketching a design for a "Grand Arab Fantasia" that would include several of the wealthy Northern African horsemen he had observed during his travels. The final composition, "Arabic Horse Games," was of monumental proportions and appears only rarely on the market. By family tradition, the offered bronze also has the distinction of having decorated the Smoking Room of the Normandie before it sunk in New York harbor. On this design, see G.W. Sudbury, Evgueni Alexandrovitch Lanceray, 1848-1886, Lausanne, 2006, pp. 159-160.