Cheval de Marly

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After Guillaume Coustou: A late 19th century bronze Cheval de Marly, the rearing horse on his hind legs and being held by a groom, on rough ground. French, circa 1870. Signed ‘Coustou’ on the base.
Condition: Very good, the bronze has a good colour and the piece is in good condition. One small section of the rein near the horse’s mouth is missing.

Guillaume Coustou was commissioned to create a pair of equine groups in Carrara marble by Louis XV for the entrance to the Chateau de Marly in 1743, they were completed in just two years and installed in 1745, and were Coustou’s last works. In 1794 they were moved to the top of the Champs Elysees in Paris, framing the entrance to the Place de la Concorde, where they stood until they were moved to the Aile Richelieu in the Louvre in 1984.

Height = 40 cm (16″)
Width = 33 cm (13″)