A late 19th century fine quality large Spelter Marly horse with his trainer, after Guillaume Coustou the Elder.
During the 19th century Cast reductions of these figures were very popular in Victorian households.
This particular casting is of fine quality and has an excellent patination and is mounted on its original wood plinth. Signed by the artist as shown in the pictures.
This piece is highly unusual as it is done in Spelter and not in the more common Bronze. Spelter pieces have become the more desirable pieces in the Art world because of their rarity!
This piece is unusual due to it’s larger size. The overall dimensions are 20 ½” high by 18 ½” wide (at Plinth) by 9” deep.
Biography: Guillaume Coustou,
Guillaume Coustou, (born 1677, Lyon, Fr.—died 1746, Paris) French sculptor who received many royal commissions. His style was narrative and dramatic, with some affinity to Rococo works.
Coustou was taught by his uncle Antoine Coysevox and spent several years studying in Rome. In 1703 Coustou returned to Paris. His marble statue Hercules on the Funeral Pyre won him acceptance at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, he received regular promotions received regular until he was appointed director in 1735.
Coustou often worked with his brother Nicolas Coustou, particularly in the decoration of royal domestic architecture at Versailles. Among his last achievements were his famous Horses of Marly (1740–45), for Marly park. This group of statues later decorated the entrance to the Champs-Élysées in Paris before being moved to the Louvre Museum in 1984; copies of the statues are located at Marly and the Place de la Concorde. Coustou also created many busts, including a famous head of his brother Nicolas.
Fine 19th Century Marly Horse Sculpture by Guillaume Cousteau