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Saddle (selle) (Front and underside)

Saddle (selle) (Front and underside)
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Secular. Courtly love. Religious. Saints.

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Riggisberg, Abegg-Stiftung

Inv. 5.56.79

Stag horn;lime wood;leather

Height: 360mm
Width: 510mm
Depth: 385mm

Left side: saint George and the dragon; courting couple holding hands (meeting of lovers); youth holding a vessel; man wearing a houppelande with long dagged-edged sleeves, fighting a female-headed hybrid with a club; seated musicians blowing horns; lady with musician playing the lute; courting couple; saint George and the dragon (repeated); dragon; trees.
Right side: Courting couples (meeting of lovers); offering of the heart; youth holding a vessel; lady holding a mirror; musician playing drums; man killing a dragon; couple embracing; trees; flowers; hybrids; scrolls in the shape of a 'v' and an 'e'. Support plates: man or angel holding a coat of arms.
Chequered pattern. Foliated decoration.

Museum's opinion 2013: c. 1850.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of a substance blackened with soot or graphite.

Carved on all sides.

Object Condition
Missing: some of the stag horn plates on both sides.

This saddle is copied after the so-called Trivulzio saddle now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (Inv. 40.66).

Collection of Harald Lerchenperg, Kitzbühl; purchased from Math. Lempertz, Cologne, in 1979 (Auction 67, 'Alte Kunst', lot 1847).


© Abegg-Stiftung, Riggisberg (Christoph von Viràg).

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