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Parade Saddle

German or Tyrolean
Bone, polychromy, wood, birch bark
H. 14 1/4 in. (36.3 cm); L. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm); W. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Equestrian Equipment-Saddles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
The German inscriptions are a romantic dialogue and translate in part, "I hope for dear summertime; wait––be willing [in favor of] me; smile, love, smile." The lady holds a falcon, symbol of Minne (courtly love), because it was believed to return to its master by affection and not by force. In the nineteenth century, this saddle was part of the collection of Tratzberg Castle in the Austrian Tyrol.
Inscription: Inscribed on the left side, on the main panel: OCH HOF --- DER LIB / EN ZVMER TZEIT (I hope - [for] the dear summer time); On the left side of the front panel: WART --- WOL MICH (wait --- be willing [in favor of] me); On the left side of the rear panel: LACH LIB LACH (smile, love, smile); On the right side of the main panel: FREI DICH --- IN DEM ARS / IS VINSTER (rejoice --- in the arse it is pitchdark); On the right side of the front panel: MIT / GANTZEM WILLEN (with [my] whole will); On the right side of the rear panel: WOL MICH / NV WART (be willing [to accept, or to be in favor of] me / now wait).
Ex coll.: Franz Graf Enzenberg, Schloss Tratzberg, Tyrol, Austria; Egger brothers (dealers), Vienna; Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris.
Vienna. Welt-Austellung. "Welt-Austellung," May 1–October 31, 1873, no. 233 This saddle descried as "Sattel mit Elfenbeinplatten belegt, darauf Figuren und Inscriften. 15 Jahrh. Grosse Seltenheit," lent by Franz Graf Enzenberg, in Innsbruck.

New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens. "The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages," March 25–June 3, 1975.

Lind, Karl. "Die österreichische kunsthistorische Abteilung der Wiener-Weltausstellung." Mittheilungen der K. K. Central-Commission zur Erforschung und Erhaltung der Baudenkmale 18 (1873). pp. 207–208, fig. 85.

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet D'armes De Maurice De Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc De Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. p. 48, no. E. 5, pls. 20-21.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. 5. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1922. vol. III, p. 171, fig. 978.

Enzenberg, Sighard. Schloss Tratzberg: Ein Beitrag Zur Kulturgeschichte Tirols. Schlern-Schriften; 183. Innsbruck: Wagner, 1958. pp. 3–110.

The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1975. pp. 271, 275, no. 276, pl. 14.

Boccia, Lionello G., and Museo Civico Medievale di Bologna. L'Armeria del Museo Civico Medievale di Bologna. Busto Arsizio, Italy: Bramante Editrice, 1991. pp. 111–112, no. 214.

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