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Italian, Florence, 17th century, after Giambologna (1529-1608)

Pacing horse

Italian, Florence, 17th century, after Giambologna (1529-1608)

Italian, Florence, 17th century, after Giambologna (1529-1608)

Pacing horse

Pacing horse

Italian, Florence, 17th century, after Giambologna (1529-1608)

Pacing horse



light brown patinated bronze ; on an ebonized wooden base

H. (bronze) 12 cm, (base) 10 x 15,2 x 7,5 cm ; 4¾ in., 4 by 6 by 2¾ in.

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Italie, Florence, XVIIe siècle, d'après Giambologna (1529-1608)

Cheval au pas


bronze à patine brun clair ; socle rectangulaire en bois noirci

H. (bronze) 12 cm, (socle) 10 x 15,2 x 7,5 cm ; 4¾ in., 4 by 6 by 2¾ in.

Very good condition overall, with very nice translucent patina with some discoloration, remains of black lacquer ; a few very minor knocks, consistent with age and handling. The ebonized wooden base with some worming and losses, in particular to the lower edges.


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Related Literature

C. Avery, A. Radcliffe, Giambologna, Sculptor to the Medici 1529-(1608), exh. cat. Victoria and Albert museum, 1978, pp. 174, no. 151.


This Pacing Horse is one of the most iconic of Giambologna's bronze models. Particularly sought-after by enthusiasts and collectors, the horse is frequently associated with the Walking Bull, making a pair.

According to the historian F. Baldinucci (op. cit.), one of Giambologna's closest collaborators, Antonio Susini (1580–1624), may have been responsible for producing the model and moulds based on the master's drawings. The present bronze is distinguished by its fine Florentine patina with light brown and golden tones, as well as by the meticulous chasing of the mane and muscles. 

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Référence bibliographique

C. Avery, A. Radcliffe, Giambologna, Sculptor to the Medici 1529-(1608), cat. exp. V & A museum, Londres, 1978, pp. 174, no. 151.


Ce Cheval au pas est l'un des modèles les plus emblématiques des bronzes de Giambologna. Particulièrement recherché par les amateurs et les collectionneurs, le cheval est fréquemment associé au Taureau marchant pour former une paire.

Selon l’historien F. Baldinucci (op. cit.), Antonio Susini (1580-1624), l’un des plus proches collaborateurs de Giambologna, aurait été en charge de la réalisation du modèle et des moules d’après les dessins du maître. Notre bronze se distingue par sa belle patine florentine aux nuances brun clair et dorées, ainsi qu'une ciselure rendant la crinière et la musculature avec une grande précision.