Art/ Collection/ Art Object


ca. 1570–80
Italian, Milan
Wood, textile, iron, linen, leather, steel, gold, silver
22 1/2 x 25 1/4 x 24 1/2 in. (54.6 x 64.1 x 62.2 cm); Wt. 22 lb. 1 oz. (10 kg)
Equestrian Equipment-Saddles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
Not on view
This is a rare example of a complete European war saddle of good quality from the second half of the sixteenth century. The saddle tree (underlying wooden framework), the steels, and the silk velvet cover are all original and matching. The arrangement of the steels is typical for armored saddles: a three-piece pommel plate in the front and a two-part cantle in the rear. The decoration, consisting of multiple bands etched and gilt with pieces of armor, weapons , and musical instruments––motifs known as trophies––was widely used on Italian armor from about 1550 to 1580. The textile covering, now heavily worn, was originally highlighted by designs embroidered in bright gold and silver thread.
Ex. Coll.: Samuel R. Meyrick, London and Goodrich Court, Herefordshire; E. Vaïsse, Marseilles; Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris
Meyrick, Samuel R., and Joseph Skelton. Engraved Illustrations of Antient Arms and Armour, from the Collection of Llewelyn Goodrich Court, Herefordshire. Vol. 2. London: J. Skelton, 1830. pl. CXXVII, fig. 2.

Hôtel Drouot. Objets d'art et de haute curiosité du Moyen-Âge, de la Renaissance et des temps modernes composant l'importante Collection de M. E. Vaïsse de Marseille. Paris, May 5–8, 1885. p. 9, no. 69, pl. opp. p. 36.

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet D'armes De Maurice De Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc De Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. p. 49, no. E.7.

Grancsay, Stephen V. A Loan Exhibition of Equestrian Equipment from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Catalogue. Louisville, Ky.: Speed Art Museum, 1955. no. 56, fig. 56.

Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. La Rocca, and Dirk H. Breiding. The Armored Horse in Europe, 1480–1620. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. pp. 60–62, no. 29.

Fallows, Noel. Jousting in Medieval and Renaissance Iberia. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2010. p. 129, fig. 70.

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