Very Fine Pair of Well Cast French Patinated Bronze Representations of the Famous Marley Horses after Guillaume Coustou (French 1677-1746) from the Carrara marble life size originals which were commissioned by Louis XVI for his horse pond at his Royal French residence Chateau de Marly located near Versailles in 1739. In 1749 they were moved to Paris and placed on high pedestals at the bottom of Champs Elysee.
Last quarter of the Nineteenth Century, possibly earlier.
Each rearing up as their Grooms struggle to contain their inherent power. The majesty of each Horse resplendent with their sense of dynamism, on naturalistic bronze bases.
Condition: Good condition for such an early piece, offered with desirable aged patination to surfaces. Incised COUSTOU to base.
Height: (entire) 5.75” (14.75cm). Width: (at base) 3.75” (9.5cm). Depth: (at base) 3.75” (9.5cm).
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
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*This is a striking and eternally collectible antique pair of Marly Horses. Considered a masterpiece of French sculpture, the large marble originals skillfully represented here in quality, heavy bronze. With the originals displayed in central Paris, this is an opportunity to grace your home or institution with fine examples of the breed. Delivered ready to showcase.