A gilt example of the model, paired with a facing gilt model of a walking horse, appears on the table in the center background in the Antwerp kunstkammer painting known as “The Studio of Rubens,” owned by Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and attributed to Cornelis van Baellieur, now in the in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence. The paired gilt model of the horse in this painting closely resembles the autograph terracotta model by Quellinus, signed and dated 1638 (sold Christie’s New York, January 10, 1990, lot 196).
A cast similar to the present example, also referenced by Weihrauch (op. cit., 1956) and formerly in the Camillo Castiglioni collection, Vienna, was bequeathed to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, acc. no. M.3-1997 (dated to 1650 by thermoluminescence test on its core). Another similar cast was formerly in the collection of Nelson Rockefeller, New York.
Hans R. Weihrauch, Die Bildwerke in Bronze und in anderen Metallen. Bayerisches Nationalmuseum München, 1956, p.169, no.208;
Hans R. Weihrauch, Europäische Bronzestatuetten, 15. -18. Jahrhundert, Braunschweig, 1967, p.374, fig.457;
Christian Theuerkauff, La Sculpture au siècle de Rubens, exhibition catalogue, Musée d'art ancien, Brussels, 1977, no. 116, p. 154;
Volker Krahn, Von allen seiten schön. Bronzen der Renaissance und des Barock, exhibition catalogue, Bode Museum, Berlin, 1995, p.532-3, no.197;
Victoria Avery and Jo Dillon, Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, exhibition catalogue, Daniel Katz Gallery, London, 2002, pp. 218-221 and pp. 296-298
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