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Horse and Rider Aquamanile

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Horse and rider with wire reins, an opening for filling in the rider's head, and a lion-headed spout on the breast of the horse. Hollow cast and minimally chased. The body of the horse is cast in one piece with thin plates soldered to close the bottom of each hoof and with the front and back...

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1928, art market, Germany [see note 1]. Wolfgang Krueger, Berlin [see note 2]; by 1938, sold by Krueger to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Garbáty, Schloss Alt-Döbern, Niederlausitz (Germany), New York, and East Norwalk, CT; 1969, gift of Mrs. Garbáty to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 23, 1969) NOTES: [1] See Otto von Falke, "Reiter-Aquamanilien. I," Pantheon 1 (1928): 252, ill. no. 10, p. 250. [2] Whether Krueger was the dealer who owned the object in 1928 is not certain; Garbáty attested that he acquired it from Krueger, who said that it came from the collection of a south German family. It was in the Garbáty collection by May, 1938, when Georg Swarzenski wrote to them about it. Garbáty emigrated from Berlin to New York between 1938 and 1939, bringing much of his art collection with him.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Eugene L. Garbáty

European, Imitation of Gothic, 19th–20th century

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33.6 x 37.8 x 11.8 cm (13 1/4 x 14 7/8 x 4 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Latten (horse: 90.5% copper, 4.7% tin, 3% zinc, 1.8% lead; rider: 88.3% copper, 6.2% tin, 3.2% zinc, 2.3% lead)