Amory Coffin Simons (American, Aitken, South Carolina 1869–1959 Santa Barbara, California)
9 x 8 x 4 3/4 in. (22.9 x 20.3 x 12.1 cm)
Gift of the artist, 1948
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Throughout his career, Simons specialized in animal statuettes. The horse was Simons’s favorite, and he portrayed it often, relying on intimate scale to focus on behavioral characteristics. "Horse Scratching," modeled and cast in Paris, is an amusing study of the animal’s attempt to scratch its head with its forehoof. Traces of a greenish blue patina suggest that Simons was experimenting with the color of this cast, a reflection of an interest he shared with fellow American expatriate sculptor Paul Wayland Bartlett.
Signature: [on horse's body, in monogram]: ACS; [left side of base]: A C Simons S. F. Paris