66
66
After models by Francesco Fanelli (circa 1590-1653)
Anglo-Italian, 17th century
PAIR OF HORSES
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 GBP
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66
After models by Francesco Fanelli (circa 1590-1653)
Anglo-Italian, 17th century
PAIR OF HORSES
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 GBP
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After models by Francesco Fanelli (circa 1590-1653)
Anglo-Italian, 17th century
PAIR OF HORSES
bronze
14.5 by 21.5 and 12.5 by 18cm., 5¾ by 8½ and 4 7/8  by 7 1/8 in. 
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Catalogue Note

Francesco Fanelli's equestrian bronzes were highly celebrated in seventeenth-century England, and were instrumental in establishing the vogue for baroque sculpture. King Charles I is recorded to have owned five statues by Fanelli. The present lot shows two of Fanelli's models - the Leaping Horse and the Stallion Grazing. The Leaping Horse served as a model for many of Fanelli's equestrian groups, and reappears with slight variations in his Cupid on Horseback and the Saint George and the Dragon (of which a model was sold in these rooms, 5 December 2017, lot 68). Fanelli also produced variants of the Stallion Grazing, which show the horse drinking from a trough. One of Fanelli's most consistent patrons, the Duke of Newcastle, purchased casts of all these models for Welbeck Abbey, where they remained until they were dispersed at auction in the 18th century.  

RELATED LITERATURE
J. Pope-Hennessy, 'Some Bronzes by Francesco Fanelli', Essays on Italian Sculpture, London, 1968, pp. 166-71; M. Leithe-Jasper and P. Wengraf, European Bronzes from the Quentin Collection, exh. cat. The Frick Collection, New York, 2004, no. 20, pp. 210-213

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