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Pietro Tacca (1577-1640)

Trotting horse 1600

RCIN 35467

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A bronze figure of a pacing stallion, with head slightly tilted to the right and mouth open, with right foreleg and rear left leg raised. The bronze has a dark brown patina. Mounted on a plain rectangular plinth.

Bronzes of this model, which reproduces the pose of Giambologna's equestrian monument to Grand Duke Cosimo I de'Medici in Florence (1599), were made in large numbers, and one was presented to Henry, Prince of Wales in 1611. In this example the golden lacquered surface was subsequently replaced with a dark and even finish which lends it a deceptively modern appearance.