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Saddle

Date:
ca. 1570–80
Geography:
Milan
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Wood, textile, iron, linen, leather, steel, gold, silver.
Dimensions:
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).
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Saddles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.252
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    Ex. Coll.: Samuel R. Meyrick, London and Goodrich Court, Herefordshire; E. Vaïsse, Marseilles; Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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