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18th Century Pair of Unusual Water Horse Hippocampi Gilt Bronze Statues

Gallery Price: £18,000

Fabulous pair of mythological water horses / hippocampi, each standing alert raised on the hind legs, with stylised fabric saddles and webbed feet. After Caffieri
France, 18th century
Height 33cm – 13in
Width 30.5cm – 12in
Depth 10cm – 4in

18th Century Pair of Unusual Water Horse Hippocampi Gilt Bronze Statues

Unlike the traditional Hippocampi, these fine 18th-century cast bronze sculptures are entirely equestrian in nature bar the webbed feet. This unusual diversion from the traditional form is not alone in the European tradition of folklore. The Scotts refer to the Kelpie, an aquatic creature believed to have frequented many of the waterways of Scotland. Its origins may well be a relic of Scotland’s Roman ancestors and their classical traditions.

The Trevi fountain in Rome is perhaps one of the most relevant contemporary sources in line with the present pair. Two hippocampi represent the violent strength of the sea and the other the contrasting calm sea.

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