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"Cobesse et son Groom" | after Emmanuel de Santa Coloma

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French, 1829-1886

"Cobesse et son Groom"

Medium-brown patinated bronze | Signed front left corner "SANTA COLOMA" | cast circa 1900

Item # 204PAM05Q 

A good model of a young Spanish groom bracing for an intense ride on the uncontrollable Cobesse mare. It is after the model by Emmanuel de Santa Coloma that was inspired by Alfred de Dreux's painting of the Cobesse mare. The stable boy sets his jaw firmly and positions himself to win this battle of the wills, his entire posture countering the movements of the horse as she gallops wildly. Signed at front left corner in block script "SANTA COLOMA" and finished in a nuanced brown overall patina with burnished highlights.

Artist Listings & Bibliography:

  • "A nos chevaux et à ceux qui les sculptent!", Guy de Labretoigne, 2014, p. 18

Open market results:

  • Sotheby's, London, Sale L17305, 31 October 2017, lot 242 [achieved 2500 GBP, approx. $ 3250 USD at prevailing exchange rate at time of sale]
  • Ivoire, Paris, 27 November 2019, lot 213 [achieved 5000 euros, approx. $ 5500 USD at prevailing exchange rate at time of sale]

Measurements: 22 1/2" W x 15 1/8" H x 7 1/8" D

Condition Report: Some wiggle in the joint between the naturalistic post and the horse. Some patina wear to the cap and handling wear to raised elements and edges.