Horse and rider statue of bronze.
Measures 10" high x 10" long x 5" wide. It weighs 4 1/2#.
Rider is dressed in clothing from a range of eras: the hat style suggests 1780s, his "spatterdashes" (buttoned boots) suggest 1730s, while the cape could be as late as the 1830s ~ all these need to be considered from the point of artistic license of course, as the creator of this figurine may have been focused more on the details of the horse, than the accurate era appropriate clothing of the rider, for example.
Another hint for dating and identifying this is the base: it is not a plain base as most bronze statues are, it is highly decorated with clovers, vines, flowers and leaves detailed with fine veining ~ this depiction of the natural elements was popular in the Art Nouveau era of 1895 to 1910.
The ONLY bronze we could find with a base given a bit more attention is by Carl Kauba (Austrian 1865-1922); we have searched pages and pages and have not been able to definitively identify this work of art; Kauba's work seems most similar to any we have found.
There is a copper wire run through as the reins; we are positive it is not part of the original piece. We have not removed it, as we obtained it as shown.
We assume the rider had another possibly kinetic piece in his raised hand: there is a hole through and through, indicating perhaps a rope, or cord or thong may have been strung through it. Again, we are offering this as found.
Item ID: MW-066
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