A pair of gilt bronze horses, attributed to Francesco Fanelli, (1608-1661).

These were purchased in Italy by John, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700).

They were at Burghley by 1688 when they were recorded in the Inventory of that date: ‘the Dining Roome’ ‘2 Brasse horses on ebony pedistalls.’

The original of the trotting horse, by Giambologna (1529-1608), is part of a monument to Cosimo I de Medici in the Piazza della SS. Annunziata in Florence.

The leaping horse is 11cm high, 22cm wide and 8cm deep; the trotting horse 16.5cm high, 22cm wide and 8cm deep.

Each sits on an ebonised base.

REFERENCE: EWA08591 & EWA08592

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