Outside Row Standing Horse (Carousel Figure)

Daniel Müller American, born Germany
Manufacturer D.C. Müller & Bro.

Not on view

During the heyday of the carousel industry in the early twentieth century, D.C. Müller & Bro. of Philadelphia produced hundreds of hand-carved animals ranging from horses to goats to zebras. They were assembled from multiple pieces of wood and intricately painted to accentuate their physical and behavioral characteristics. The animals, especially those placed on a carousel’s outside row, feature extraordinary attention to detail intended to delight riders young and old. This military-style horse has a saddle fashioned after the Civil War McClellan design and a cavalry saber, as well as realistic glass eyes and steel horseshoes.

Outside Row Standing Horse (Carousel Figure), Daniel Müller (American, born Germany, 1872–1952), Basswood, paint, glass, steel, American

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