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Art Deco Dandy



Poirot and an Art Deco gazelle figurine



Deco perfection of Poirot :


For an exposé on Art Deco , it’s hard to go past the Poirot series, based on the Agatha Christie books. Set in England in 1936, there is countless classic objects of the Art Deco era and superb Art Deco architecture. Worthwhile viewing for anyone studying the genre.The key character played by David Suchet, is the impeccable and slightly eccentric Hercule Poirot, a Belgium detective, of refined taste, with a penchant for dapper attire. The dandy Poirot, a doyen of the Belgium police force, has a talent for incisive deduction, lives in an Art deco apartment and tends to frequent a lot of Art Deco styled hotels and restaurants. I’ve only managed to view about 10 of the 70 episodes, but I was intrigued by the episode named ‘The Dream’.



Jean Dunand lacquered Art Deco vase


On the landing on the stairwell, precariously poised, was a Jean Dunand Art Deco dinanderie vase (or replica). It was an obvious accident waiting to happen, which occurred towards the end of the episode. When it met its fate, it fell and bounced with a metallic clunk, which made sense because it was an enameled metal vessel, then it shattered into pieces like a ceramic vase. (see video) For dramatic effect that made sense too, albeit defying logic. As these vases have been fetching up to $250,000 at auction, if it was an original, I hope it survived the fall.

Poirot is one of Christie’s most famous and long-lived characters, appearing in 33 novels. Poirot was the only fictional character to receive an obituary on the front page of The New York Times. Most of the definitive Art Deco styles are on display in the series – geometric, angular and abstract shapes, chrome, glass, highly polished wood and black lacquer. Mixed with shiny fabrics, mirrors, Art Deco clocks and figurine statues. Murals displaying modern, stylised images of aeroplanes, cars, cruise liners and skyscrapers also feature.


Poirot – ‘The Dream’ – 52 seconds



Jean-Dunand-black laquered-vase with eggshell panels

Jean Dunand geometric eggshell inlay lacquered metal dinanderie vase




Poirot’s Art Deco apartment




Detective Poirot in an Art Deco setting





Poirot having breakfast with a Susie Cooper Art Deco teaset


Art Deco teabreak - Poirot

Art Deco decor morning tea




Art Deco graphic




Midland Hotel – Morecambe, UK




Midland Hotel




Eltham Place, South East London




the-beaumont-lobby, London

Beaumont Hotel lobby


More Deco beckons :


At the turn of the 20th century, most of the architecture and design still reflected previous styles including Neo-Classical, Neo-Gothic, Greek Revival, Italian Renaissance Revival, Beaux Arts Classical, Italianate and Late Baroque Rococo. This traditional revivalism was replaced by the spread of Art Nouveau that expressed more feminine, sensual female forms interwoven with naturalistic motifs of animals, insects and flowers. Even though its distinctive look dominated trends up to the 1920‘s, it still had an old world feel about it even though it was a reactionary movement against previous traditionally inclined styles. With the march of the Industrial Age, it eventually succumbed to the tides of innovation. By the 1930’s it had been superseded by the bolder, more assertive Art Deco, that made a comprehensive break from past styles with its desire to reflect modernity and the upheavals in design introduced by the Machine Age. Art Deco embraced the speed and movement of Futurism while infusing the fractured forms of Cubism and the minimalism inherent in the Bauhaus design. The symmetrical lines and geometric patterns espoused in Art Deco swept away the sinuous, curvaceous excesses of the Nouveau era.




Camille Faure Limoges ovoid geometric vase





Art Deco female figurine spherical lamp – Max Leverrier

It is interesting to note that during the early 20th Century, ornamental figure sculptures were more widely used as a decorative art then figure paintings.



Art Deco ladies in satin 1930---Gyula-Batthyany

Art Deco elegance – Gyula Batthyany





Fayral nickel plated Art Deco figure made by Le Verrier foundry


French Cab –




Art Deco Camille Faure Limoges Green Vase



6835a805a18944c143265bb256d16866 Collection of Félix Marcilhac auctioned on Sothebys

Two iconic armchairs (c.1928) by Jean-Michel Frank upholstered in shagreen and made of oak with seats covered in a vibrant green velvet,
an Orientalist painting by Marcelle Ackhein from around 1935, a serpentine fire surround by Eugène Gaillard, a sculpture by Etienne Béothy on top of the plinth and a unique black and gilt patinated bronze ‘Lampadaire Deux Serpents’ floor lamp (1931) by Edouard-Marcel Sandoz,





Charles Scheider Le Verre Francias Charder glass vase

Épinay sur Seine, France circa 1920





Dante Baldelli Ceramic Vase for Rometti

Umbertide, circa 1930




An enameled cooper vase. Design by M. Pinoteau. Hand made by Camille Fauré, Limoges, France.

Transitional piece integrating both Art Nouveau and Deco.

Art 1900, 1stDibs




Art Deco parrot figure clock

circa 1930




Silver bronze Art Deco figurine lamp– Fayral





Art Deco Cat Lamp by Waylande Gregory for Cowan Pottery





Art Deco stylised bronze sculpture by Philippe Devriez

France circa 1930




Art-Deco-Umbrella-Stand In the style of Franz Hagenauer - circa 1960s. Can also function as a vase

Umbrella Stand Art Deco in the style of Franz Hagenauer

circa 1960s.





Bronze commemorative medal by André Lavrillier and Alfred Janniot




Clarice-Cliff,-Bizarre-ware.-Art-Deco-Tea-Set with angular handles

 Bizarre ware Art Deco Tea Set – Clarice Cliff





‘L’Aviation’  – Art Deco bronze sculpture – Frederic Focht (1879-1937)




Cubist-art deco vase-by-Hem in black, gold and red

Cubist art deco vase by Hem




Rosenthal Dancer figurine

Rosenthal Egyptian dancer figurine




Art Deco-flapper-female-busts-Salt-Pepper dispensers

Flapper head shakers for salt and pepper



Jean-Gabriel-Domergue A lady spraying perfume - art deco

Jean Gabriel Domergue




Margaret-Bourke-White photo - set design for French casino cabaret

French Casino cabaret set

Photo – Margaret Bourke White



Maurice-Marinot-(French,-1882-1960),-Vase,-c 1928

Maurice Marinot glass vase


Cleveland Museum of Art


SS-Normandie art deco dining room that seated 700

Art Deco dining room for 700 on the Ocean Liner Normandie




Normandie room - Caribbean-cruise-ship Celebrity's Summit

Salvaged Jean Dunard panels from the ill fated Normandie now in the Normandie Room of the Caribbean cruise ship Celebrity Summit




Art deco female bas relief, Glavna Pošta, Podgorica, Montenegro

Paul McClure – flickr




Art Deco female figures – Henry Butler



Gyula-Batthyany---Divathölgyek,-1932-körül Art Deco Ladies in satin and furs

‘Fashion Ladies’ – Gyula Batthyany, Hungry




Ovoid Covered-Jar,-Clochettes,-Mauves---Cleveland-Museum-of-Art - Sèvres Factory (French);Agnes Moreau-Jouin (French);Henri Rapin

Ovoid lidded jar – French jazz age deco

1931    Height 17.75 inches

Sèvres Factory – designers: Agnes Moreau-Jouin, Henri Rapin




1951 Jaguar-Mark-7 Streamline Moderne

Jaguar Mark 7, 1951

I drove one of these for a few years, buying it when I was 18. I can’t say it was because of the fuel efficiency ( 14 mpg ) or the handling in city traffic and it wasn’t the zippiest – (0 – 60 mph in 13.7 seconds). It had no power steering and was a lumbering beast (nicknamed Sherman after Sherman Tank), especially when parking. But on the open highways it had serious cruising cred ( 3.4 litre engine) and the Art Deco streamline moderne profile was a visual treat. Not to mention the polished walnut dashboard, fold out cocktail bars and the lush leather seating.



Jaguar Mark 7 interior



Jan-and-Joël-Martel-(1896-1966) Female-Nude-says-'the-UAM'-1931-height-81inches-Christies

Art Deco female nude sculpture – Jan and Joël Martel

1931  height 81 inches




Art Deco opalescent glass statuette of a semi-clad girl –  ETLING FRANCE

Circa 1930.



Frederick Rhead Art Deco red Phoenix-ovoid vase-for-Wardle,-c 1929

Frederick Rhead red Phoenix ovoid vase for Wardle

c 1929




Cubist ‘La Femme au Cheval’ – (The Rider) – Jean Metzinger




Art Deco sculpture NYC---Manhattan---Chanin-Building---Rene-Paul-Chambellan

Bronze Art Deco panel  –  Rene Paul Chambellan

Chanin Building- Manhattan, NYC




John Storrs - 1930, Christ for the Church of Christ the King, Cork, Ireland

Church of Christ the King – JohnStorrs

1930, Cork, Ireland





‘Leda and the Swan’, designed by Viktor Schreckengost (American, 1906-2008), made at Cowan Pottery Studio






Penthesilea – Queen of the Amazons – Marcel Bouraine

Galerie de Souzy





Pierre Lenoir

Galerie de Souzy



Nora-Gulbrandsen art deco spherical ceramic vessel

Nora Gulbrandsen




rare Art Deco French bronze figure by Marcel-Andre Bouraine, circa 1925, cubist dancer

French Art Deco bronze figure by Marcel-Andre Bouraine

circa 1925




Melbourne-Collins-Street-Mosaic mural designed by Napier Waller in 1932.

Mosaic mural by Napier Waller – 1932

Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia



'Memphis'---Art-Deco-Teapot-by-Salins-Studio-France-by-meritandworth on etsy

Art Deco style teapot – Salins Studio France – 80’s

Memphis design group

sold by meritandworth- etsy




Marcel Renard

Meridian Gallery



Rene-Buthaud with an art deco lidded vessel

Rene Buthaud French ceramicist




Rockefeller center Art Deco panel by Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi’s 9-ton stainless steel panel entitled News is above the entrance to 50 Rockefeller Plaza



NashvilleCourthouse Art Deco wall sculpture

Nashville Courthouse, 1937

Exterior sculpture & bronze doors by Rene Paul Chambellan.





French spelter and ivorine Art Deco figurine by Menneville

Circa 1930




Art Deco lamp base – WMF, Geislingen






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The Art Of Convo



Christophe Charbonnel-Eurydice-III---Bronze sculpture bust

‘Eurydice III ‘ – Christophe Charbonnel


Conversation Art pieces


This is the second installment on art for conversation. All good art is worthy of conversation and aside from decoration or investment, collectors are drawn to art for this reason. Provocative and grotesque art can be chosen for this purpose too, even if it solicits a derisive reaction. Desirable collections ideally stimulate intrigue and discourse. Art pieces of charm that capture a second glance. With an extra mention to the visionary, expressive, quirky, audacious, dark, light, original, riveting and subtle. This pretty much covers all bases, so if there is still no interest aroused after your decor efforts, then you might need to change your acquaintances when it comes to sharing your love of art. Or you can resort to decor pieces of a larger dimension, both physically and audaciously, that command attention, like the huge Ocumicho Mexican Diablo piece shown below or the Tony Merrithew ‘Fatguy II ‘ sculpture featured below. If that doesn’t jolt some interest, you might have to fall back on the holiday photo album. Or invest more time into your aesthetic choices or simply employ the services of an interior decorator. The last thing you want is for your guest to withdraw and avoid encroaching on the subject.

On a more serious note, I find that when I view art, I tend to initially scan it intuitively, with very little intellectual analysis coming into play. Intuition, in its mercurial way, decides whether it hits the zone or it doesn’t, in a span of a few seconds. Much more efficient and avoids the mental gyrations of intellectual choice. If my interest is piqued, I then might study the balance of form and colour, texture, spontaneity, uniqueness and if it’s uplifting or topical. Or sometimes, I just go straight to admiring the art wholistically for the beauty and genius of its creation. For reasons similar to this, some art connoisseurs might dislike a piece immediately and no amount of persuasion will lead to any further enlightenment.

Concentrating on the one theme for a room, can boost the wow factor, and have the impact of transporting you to another time. Always good for breaking down any convo barriers. I once saw a room decorated with an Orientalist style that had this effect. I have also seen numerous rooms that have been completely done out in Mid Century decor or Art Deco. They are always a source of wonder and admiration for the art and the effort involved. Conversely, having an antique or vintage piece juxtaposed against modern decor also has impact, but usually only a few pieces work in this context.

Presentation, lighting and placement also helps if your want to draw attention to an art piece. Try to avoid clutter, this has a tendency to overwhelm. Above all, find art you really love, your attraction to a piece can be just as appealing as the piece itself. After all the time and effort that can go into the acquisition of a piece of art, why shouldn’t you highlight and share its brilliance.




‘Teardrop’ – Gundi

14 x 13 x 30 inches





‘Flask with Beast’  – Ian Godfrey




KAREN-MORGAN-CERAMIST contemporary sculpture

Karen Morgan




Clouds pot - Kristina-Bogdanov--Delaware-Ohio

‘Clouds’ – Kristina Bogdanov




French Art Nouveau gilt figural  planter




Marc-Chagall stone sculpture - 'Couple'

‘Couple’ – Marc Chagall

Camard & Associés




Mark- Chatterley-ceramic-figurative-sculpture-sculpturesite-gallery

‘Fairy Dance’ – Mark Chatterley


Sculpturesite Gallery





Succulent---casey-hochhalter - Convolutions series ceramic sculptures

‘Succulent’ – Casey Hochhalter – Convolutions series





Randy-O'Brien red textured ceramic vessel

Randy O’brien




Huge-Ocumicho-Mexican-Diablo-Art-Pottery - TwoGuysAndADog - etsy

Huge Ocumicho Mexican Diablo Art Pottery

height 18 inches

TwoGuysAndADog – etsy




Carole A Feuerman - Double Diver, 2013-2014 bronze public sculpture

 ‘Double Diver –  Carole A Feuerman





Conversation Vase Lladro-(Manufacturer),-Jaime-Hayon-(Designer)

‘Conversation Vase’ by Jamie Hayon for  Lladro





Abstract bronze sculpture – Rubino

Woodbury Auctions



Sandra-Byers - Tu Comprehendes

 ‘Tu Comprehendes’ – Sandra Byers





‘Nest with Eggs III’ – Suzanne Stumpf

2011, 10″w x 2.5″h,

Altered wheelthrown with handbuilt components; porcelain and porcelain paperclay; oxidation fired to cone 10






‘The Bird Of My Country’ wool tapestry- -Senegalese Decorative Arts





Large French Art Deco Cameo glass floor vase with cut leaping gazelles





Futurist hair creation by Antoine of Paris

Photo by George Brassai, 1930





French Sarreguemines Vase

19th Century




Calvin Ma





A break on the set of Marie Anoinette – Sofia Coppola’s 2006 movie




Peter_Purves_Smith_-_New_York,_1936 - surrealism

‘New York’ – Peter Purves Smith





Paul Bogatay Figural Ceramic Sculpture

USA  1930s

Alan Moss, NY





Modernist copper sculpture – Paul Evans


Rago Arts and Auction




‘Buste de Femme d’apres Cranach le Jeune – Pablo Picasso

1958 linoleum cut

Galerie Louise Leiris





‘Mermaid’ – Victor Bertolotti ex Lenci Artist






‘Achat’ – Pauline Ulrich





Bohemian Amphora Art Nouveau jug



Suzy-Birstein-Zsa Zsa harlequin-family

‘Zsa Zsa’ – Suzy Birstein, Vancouver




Totem-with-snake-by-Ernst- Neizvestny-from-barbarian-art-gallery

‘Totem With Snake’  –  Ernst Neizvestny




Cris Pereby sculptures-_-Belgium-

Cris Pereby, Belgium




Elaine-Brewer-White seated female scupture

Elaine Brewer White



Enno-Jäkel two ceramic vessels

Enno Jäkel, Germany



Blown-in-the-wind-series-raku female figure iby Corrie-Ariens

Blown in the wind series – Corrie Ariens raku figure





Vintage flat slender bud vase with abstract wavy decor

CorneliasVintage – etsy



fatguy2 Character-sculpture-from-the-movie-Coraline

‘Fatguy II ‘ – Tony Merrithew

Character sculpture from the movie Coraline




Teresa Girones- chien 2




Ballerina-Tamara-Karsavina ceramic figurine---Lomonosov-Makassar-Gallery

Figurine of Russian ballerina Tamara Karsavina from Lomonosov

Makassar Gallery



See the first installment Convo rescue interior decorating





NEXT POST – Art Deco Dandy


Contemporary Ceramique La Borne



Jean and Jacqueline Lerat, 1969

  Magen H Gallery



7 centuries of pottery crafts


La Borne has been an active pottery center since the 13th century. Known for centuries as a “Village de Potiers,” La Borne is nestled in the environs of lush forests, over 3000ft above sea level in the Berry province of Central France. Currently it is the epicenter for around 100 active potters and their workshops, drawn to the area for its rich tradition of woodfired stoneware and a pioneering creative spirit. A Contemporary Ceramics Center has also been established in La Borne since 2010 that provides workshops, exhibition space and the ability to liaise with local potters and tap into their rich clay art tradition. Close by are other pottery centres such as Nevers and Gien and it’s also nearby beautiful middle-age city of Bourges

In the 15th century, the La Borne potters mastered the technique of firing the excellent local clays to a temperature of 1280C to create waterproof qualities for their pots. The local fine anthracite clays react wonderfully to long firings with wood, possibly due to it containing iron pyrites. This led to the production of quality utilitarian wares and other hand-thrown and sculpted forms. A pottery-making tradition in La Borne flourished over the centuries, with technical skills and knowledge being passed down to new generations of potters.



Expo au Centre Céramique Contemporaine de La Borne

Photo – Patrice Régnier

The early part of the 20th century saw a decline in demand for the La Borne wares with the popularity of new materials like aluminum and glass, with streamlined designs, used for the creation of utilitarian wares. Numerous workshops closed down, and the huge wood-burning kilns fell into disuse. While in 1914, 14 furnaces were in operation, by 1950 there remained only four. Simultaneously, a renaissance was occurring through the wave of new designers, ceramicists and sculptors that came to settle in La Borne during the German Occupation n the 1940‘s. These innovative artists succeeded in uniting modern art with the traditional stoneware, by highlighting its strength, earthy colors and textures with revolutionary shapes and glazes. This inspired  a liberating approach to the ceramic arts that has continued to develop throughout the 50‘s and 60‘s and beyond.

This started in 1941 with the arrival of artists Jean and Jacqueline Lerat, who came to study traditional ceramic techniques and eventually adapted this into a freer artistic expression. Other French and international artists such as Paul Beyer, André Rozay and Vassil Ivanoff arrived in 1946 followed by Pierre Mestre, Elisabeth Joulia, Yves et Monique Mohy, Anne Kjaersgaard, Jean Linard and Claudine Monchaussé coming to join this Post War ceramic movement. They made a significant contribution to elevating the language of ceramics design into a serious art form.
In 1987 the Musée de la Poterie, was founded to protect the local heritage, and has managed to assemble a remarkable collection of ancient items such as salting jars, oil containers, pitchers, finials and vases that were made locally.
La Borne still continues to be a thriving pottery precinct and a collection of pieces from the local  artists are on display below.


France-La-Borne-pottery atelier

La Borne’s wooded laneways are scattered with lots of pottery workshops.



Nearby to la borne - Sancerre-vineyards

Sancerre vineyards are nearby to La Borne




Yves Monty, 1974





Elisabeth Joulia


Photographie de Thibault Breton




Alicia-Rochina ceramic dish

Ceramic berry bowl – Alicia Rochina




Alicia-Rochina--garden planter

Alicia Rochina




Anne-Reverdy - charger with motif bust of woman in black

Anne Reverdy




Bernard-David - strong textured vessel

Bernard David




Brigitte-Marionneau-h-36cm -

‘At the edge of landscape II’ –7 series, Brigitte Marionneau

2014  height-36cm





‘Mask, 3-III Series’ – Brigitte Marionneau

2010  h.32cm

photo – Pascal Vangysel



Charlotte-poulsen-Giraffe sculpture

Charlotte Poulsen




Charlotte Poulsen




Christine-Limosino-Favretto ceramic dish

Christine Limosino Favretto




Claude-Gaget - ceramique tree sculpture

Claude Gaget





Claude Voisin, Bourges

After more than 3 years of experimental theater, jazz dance, African dance, and after more than 30 years of architecture, Claude Voisin egan creating ceramic sculptures in 2000.



Claude-Voisin---ceramique- sculptures

Claude Voisin




Claude Voisin




Claudie-Guillaume-Charnaux triangular ceramic box

Claudie Guillaume Charnaux, Morogues





Corinne Decoux, Saint Satur





Corinne Decoux, Saint Satur



La-Borne-old pottery kiln

La Borne kiln




Dalloun, La Borne

Dalloun likes to  explore a forgotten technique which is very very old (2500 years): sigillata earth – the many opportunities for cooking and the infinite variety of wild clays, provides a wealth of colors and tones, thanks to the iron oxide present in the earth.




Dalloun, La Borne




Dalloun-French contemporary ceramic cup

Dalloun, La Borne




David-Louveau-de-La-Guigneraye ceramiste a La Borne

David Louveau

Photos Pascal Vangysel




David_Louveau_punchong vessel French ceramique

David Louveau – punchong vessel





David Louveau




David-Whitehead-- ceramic sculpture

David Whitehead




Eric-Astoul----abstract sculptural ceramic

Eric Astoul

Technique: Wood Baking anagama, 1300c, 5-6 days

Photo – Pascal Vangysel



Eric-Astoul---photo by Pascal-Vangysel

Eric Astoul

Photo – Pascal Vangysel




Eric Astoul

Eric Astoul



Francine-Michel contemporary pottery

Francine Michel




Françoise-Blain-raku vessel

Raky vessel – Françoise Blain, Crézancy en Sancerre



François Maréchal-photo by Pascal-Vangysel

François Maréchal




Georges Sybesma-raku vase

Georges Sybesma




Georges-Sybesma-----La Borne ceramique

Georges Sybesma




Georges-Sybesma----incised surface vase

Georges Sybesma




Lucien-Petit raku ceramic sculpture

Lucien Petit




Lulu-Rozay pitcher

Lulu Rozay pitchet



Maya-Micenmacher-Rousseau-Photo by-Pascal-Vangysel

Maya Micenmacher Rousseau,  Ivoy le Pré




Nicolas-Rousseau-----French ceramic figurine

Nicolas Rousseau,  Ivoy le Pré




Nicolas Rousseau





Pep Gomez, Les Girardins



Seugho-Yang ceramic

Seugho Yang, Montigny





Ceramic teapot – Seugho Yang, Montigny



Norwegian potter Svein-Hjorth-Jensen

 Svein Hjorth Jensen




Svein-Hjorth-Jensen----ceramic tile

 Svein Hjorth Jensen



Sylvie Rigal-ceramic bowl

Sylvie Rigal, Sens Beaujeu



Sylvie-Rigal ceramique sculpture

Sylvie Rigal, Sens Beaujeu




Viola Hering ceramic tray with rooster motif

Viola Hering




Hervé-Rousseau ceramic sculpture

Hervé Rousseau




Hervé Rousseau




Isabelle-Coeur nude female sculpture

Isabelle Coeur




‘Man With Tie’ – Jean Guillaume

photo – Claude Friess



Isabelle-Pammachius ceramic tumblers

Isabelle Pammachius

Photo – Pascal Vangysel





Isabelle Pammachius




Jacques-Laroussinie-Petite-Chapelle ceramic sculpture

‘Petite Chapelle’ – Jacques Laroussinie




Karina-Schneider raku ceramic bottle

Karina Schneider, La Gibonnière




Karina-Schneider--lidded ceramic vessel

Karina Schneider, La Gibonnière



Jean-Luc-Belleville-Pascal-Vangysel Dragon standing on a ball sculpture

Dragon – Jean Luc Belleville

Photo – Pascal Vangysel




Labbrigitte- ceramic dog figurine




Labbrigitte--colorful ceramic birthday cake




Labbrigitte--ceramic figurine




Suzanne-Daigeler footed crescent moon ceramic vessel

Suzanne Daigeler footed ceramic vessel




la_borne-Cathederal-de-Linard - mosaic facade, sculpture garden

‘Cathederal de Linard’ with mosaic facade –   La Borne 


More information on all the above artists can be seen here

La Borne Ceramique Contemporaine website





 Next post – The Art of convo


Awesome Horses In The Arts



Female nude on horse – Art Deco sculpture by C.Charles

Mid 20th Century


Equine Arts:

The horse is such a graceful, elegant looking animal, its hard to imagine it has the strength to be mobilized as a beast of burden. Being blessed with superb form and proportion, its been a favourite subject with artists over the ages, and next to man, the most portrayed. The evolution of man from barbarism to civilization carries the horse hoof footprint along with it. The more successful early civilizations were all accomplished horse owners and breeders that cleverly exploited them for advantage.

In the Iliad , Homer describes four in hand chariots, expert riding and skilful horsemanship being an accomplished art among the Greeks. The splendour and agility of the horse was on display in the widespread chariot races across the Roman Empire and horses played a crucial role in its expansion. Chariot racing was introduced into the Olympic games around 1450 BC. The success of Genghis Khan as a conqueror relied heavily on the strength and endurance of his horses.

As spoils of war during Napoleon’s 1797 Austrian/Italian campaign, Bonaparte took the winged Lion of St. Mark and the four Corinthian horses from Venice as victory ornaments to place on top of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris. Fortunately they were returned in 1815 after his defeat at Waterloo. These Corinthian horses were originally acquired by Venetian Crusaders during the Siege Of Constantinople in 1204. The famous gold gilded horses from the Hippodrome were sent back to Venice to adorn the facade of St Mark’s Basilica. (see below)




Venezia horses at San Marco Basilica, Italy

 (c)2006 Randy D. Bosch

Attributed to the 4th century BC Greek sculptor Lysippos. Others claim that the sculptures may have been brought from the Greek Island of Chios by Theodosious II in the 5th century,



Natalia Vodianova, photographed by Annie Leibovitz -l “Grand Entrance” for Vogue USA

Annie Leibovitz  photo of Natalia Vodianova

Vogue USA


Da Vinci, Manet, Degas, Jacques Louis David, Odilon Redon, Guillaume Coustou, Eugene Delacroix and Franz Marc are some of the famous artists that created art inspired by horses. In the Baroque era, the tradition of equine portraiture was established, with artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Diego Velázquez portraying regal subjects atop their mounts. The horse loving German painter, Franz Marc, was less interested in depicting anatomical accuracy than in an evocation of the horses’ nature; for him, animals were better than humans for expressing a sense of the divine.

Da Vinci’s monumental equestrian statue was never completed in 1842 but it was replicated successfully in the late 20th century (see below). Isidore Bonheur was recognized for his French animalier sculptures and the most famous works he produced were of horses. Horse sculptures were widely represented in the Art Deco, Cubist and Orientalist arts.

Since the early cave art, there has been and will continue to be, a steady stream of artists creating art inspired by this majestic, loyal animal.




Ancient Chinese horsehead

Guimet Museum – National Museum of Asian Arts

shenqi2006 – Flickriver


Giddydown !

The first time I rode a horse, without hardly any encouragement, it took off and bolted across a field, thrusting me into a state of adrenaline rushed, white knuckle exhilaration and a fear of the unknown, because when I pulled on the reins, it wanted to go faster. Fortunately the open spaces stretched a long way in front and it eventually slowed down to a more casual pace, where I felt I had some control and I settled into admiring the balance and fluidity of its movement.



Grazing Horses motif on Raku vessel - Nita Claise

 ‘Raku Cave Horse Bottle’ – Nita Claise, Indiana

Nita Claise site




Sterling Circus retro poster - clown riding a horse

Clown riding a horse — Stirling Circus Poster Painter Vladimir Romanovich Rasputin

‘Phaeton Son Of The Sun’ – Vladimir Romanovich Rasputin



Aline-Bernstein-Riders-1920-Papillon-Gallery - modernist bronze horse with two riders

‘Riders’ – Aline Bernstein

1920 – Papillon Gallery


 Horse head sculpture Designed by Andy Scott

‘The Kelpies’ – one of the two giant horse head sculptures standing next to the Forth and Clyde Canal in Falkirk, Scotland. Designed by Andy Scott, each installation is 30 meters high (99 feet) made from structural steel with a stainless steel cladding. It took around 7 years of development


Ernst Haas - Leaping Horse, Misfits - on the movie set of Misfits

‘Leaping Horse, Misfits’ – Ernst Haas – on the movie set for ‘Misfits’

1960 – Getty Images





Florence Welch of ‘Florence + the Machine’ on a black stallion – New York, 2012 for Vogue





Sculpture by Carl Nathan Burckhardt called ‘Amazon, Pferd Führend’ (An Amazon leading a horse)

Basel, Switzerland

Wayne Hopkins flickr




Rudy Autio’s ‘Blue Mountain Horses’




‘Apollo’s Chariot’ – Odilon Redon — WikiArt




the-siege-of-constantinople-1204-eugene-delacroix - venetian crusaders riding past the suffering inhabitants

‘The Siege Of Constantinople’, 1204 – Eugene Delacroix

Delacroix gave the invading Venetian Crusaders a dispassionate look as opposed to the compassionate response from the horse (click to enlarge)



French-entering-Venice,-1797 Gondolas and Napoleon entering Venice on the canals

Gondola invasion – Napoleon and French troops entering Venice, 1797





‘End of the Trail Sculpture’. Chief John Big Tree by James Earle Fraser

1915 ~ Shaler Park, Waupun, Wisconsin





Jeri Hollister horse sculpture



Charlemagne-Statue-Charles The Great

Charlemagne (Charles The Great) Statue



Cut Loose_bronze horses sculpture - Wayne Selge-EISENHAUER-GALLERY

‘Cut Loose’ – Wayne Selge

Eisenhauer Gallery – 1stDibs



Cypriot-horse-and-rider sculpture Met

Cypriot  horse and rider sculpture

Met, NY



Dominique-Pouchain - bronze sculpture of a lady standing on the back of a horse

‘Child and bird’ – Dominique Pouchain





Bronze statue – Dynamic depiction of a samurai on a galloping horse, on a circular base





‘Knock On Wood’ driftwood sculptures by Jeffro Uitto




Elaborate-Embroidered-Indian-Needlework wall art

Embroidered Indian Needlework




Epic-Kazakh Golden Eagle hunters- on horseback on the steppes

Kazakh Golden Eagle hunters on horseback



Fate OF The Animals-Franz-Marc-one of the key figures of the German Expressionist movement.

‘Fate Of The Animals’ – Franz Marc

The horse-loving German painter Franz Marc was, with Wassily Kandinsky, a founding member of The Blue Rider − an innovative expressionist movement that privileged abstracted forms and bold colors that they believed had spiritual significance




Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy - photographed by Rob Sheridan

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy, 2009

Photo Rob Sheridan



Flags-Monument-in-Ibirapuera-Park-.Monument to the Bandeirantes

The ‘Monument to the Bandeiras’, a stone sculpture group by Victor Brecheret, located in São Paulo, Brazil


Giddyap_Wayne-Salge - bronze sculpture of a man riding a horse

‘Giddyap’ – Wayne Salge




G. Harvey – ‘Pullin Leather’ bronze statue

Whistle Pik Galleries, 1st.Dibs




Milan, Italy and Grand Rapids, Michigan are the only two cities that have the world’s largest horse sculptures (of equal size) designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. Milan has ‘Il Cavallo’ and the other Da Vinci horse sculpture can be found at Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids. After designing the monumental horse sculpture, DaVinci had to wait for the bronze, so he started his painting “The Last Supper.” Due to complications, namely the Second Italian War, the horse was never created.




Frederick Meijer Gardens horse sculpture

Wayne Silver —flickr



Ceramic horse figurine by Jenny Southam

Jenny Southam



Horse-sculpture-Las-Vegas by Wangstone

Horse sculpture outside the Wynn in Las Vegas.






Metal horse sculpture on wood base – C. Jere –  ARTISAN HOUSE

Rago Auctions




jian-wei-Bronze-copper-horse sculpture 28cm-height

Bronze copper rearing horse sculpture – Jian Wei





- John Storrs (1885–1956) Study for a Monument to Walt Whitman, ...-1919–1920-Bronze

Bronze Art Deco “Winged Horse” –  Study for a Monument to Walt Whitman – John Storrs






Manlio Trucco-(1884-1974) –  Nude female riding centaur –  ceramic charger

Albisola, Italy 1930




Marie-Prett - nude girl riding a white horse with green eyes

Girl riding a white horse – Marie Prett




Michael-Kay ceramic vessel with three athletic figures and a horse

Michael Kay ceramic vessel

British sculptor Nic Fiddian Green





‘Acrobat on Horseback’ – Jacques Lipchitz






Painted faience charger with Lady Godiva – Aaron Bohrod

Wisconsin, 1950



Peter-Corlett-sculpture at The Australian Soldier Park, Israel

Peter Corlett sculpture

The Australian Soldier Park, in Beersheba, Israel is dedicated to the memory of the Australian Light Horse regiments, that captured the town from the Ottoman Empire during World W1 in 1917. This also included a desperate cavalry charge of 800 men and horses across naked ground swept by artillery and machine-gun fire, to reach water wells before they were poisoned. This occurred  after they had just crossed the Sinai Desert and hadn’t had water for 48 hours. This audacious and brave act for water and survival, ending with horses leaping over the trenches and riders brandishing bayonet swords, turned out to be the last cavalry charge in the history of warfare.



Polia-Pillin-glazed-ceramic-spherical-vase with illustration of a girl in a chariot

Polia Pillin glazed ceramic spherical vase




Primavera-Ceramic-Vase with a man riding a horse decorative motif,-Paris,-1950s

Primavera Ceramic Vase with a man riding a horse decorative motif

Paris 1950s



Ride of the Valkyrie.-Stephan Sinding/Paris, 1908, --Sotheby-s

‘Ride of the Valkyrie’ – Stephan Sinding

Martyn Cook Antiques, Rushcutters Bay, AU 1stDibs

Sinding was a sculptor of international repute, a native of Norway whose formative years were spent in Berlin before he married a Dane and settled in Paris. The Valkyrie depicts the Wagnerian heroine Brunhilde sweeping down the mountain, speeding on her furious steed in fierce anticipation of battle below. Bröchner recounts that Sinding took a studio halfway up the Boulevard de Raspail especially so he could study horses going downhill. He spent hours in observation until one day a Normandy stallion became restive right outside his window. He seized the opportunity to sketch the bared teeth and peculiar expression that is the hallmark of this wild and wind-swept creature.




His compatriot Edgar Degas may have painted more horse races, but in Manet’s frank, modern depiction of a day at the track in Paris’s Bois de Boulogne he captures the rise of a new class: the leisure-loving bourgeoisie. Manet places the viewer right at the finish line, with the horses charging towards us, blurring together in a cloud of beige and brown.




Raku, ‘Raven’s Mane’ , large horse sculpture bust by Leslie Ahrens





Sculptured mare ‘Itch’  – Star Liana York




Emmanuel Kieffer large size horse sculpture

Emmanuel Kieffer





Salvador Dali’s  Santiago El Grande


15 foot tall canvas –  “Beaverbrook Art Gallery” in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada




Saatchi-Art-Artist--Raimundo-Folch---The-abundance- man with a chariot drawn by two horses

‘The abundance’ – Raimundo Folch

Saatchi Art





‘Man and Horse’ – Sonja Katzin

height 107.5 cm


Solovaya-Svetlana - Solovaya Svetlana. Pippi Longstocking A girl with striped stokcings sitting on a horse with a teaset

Solovaya Svetlana. ‘Pippi Longstocking’





‘Springare’  – Stig Lindberg





Stefi Gruenberg




The Chollima Statue in Pyongyang symbolizes the advance of Korean society at the speed of the mythical Chollima

Nicor – Wikimedia Commons




Vienna Augarten ‘Capriole’ Spanish Horse Riding School Figurine

circa 1965

City Antik—Vienna – !stDibs





Lady riding a horse – Tang Dynasty (618-906)




Gabriël Sterk—Bronze equine study — Fighting Stallions





‘The Unicorn’ – Salvador Dali

Art Science Museum, Singapore



Cavalier-Sao---Tchad bronze sculpture

Cavalier Sao —Chad, Africa





Alberto Masetti Collection



Cache pot with sea horses – Galileo Chini

C.1906-10 (design-phase) 1920 (realisation)


Italian 20th century ceramic collection


Alberto Masetti, who comes from Bologna in Italy, has a large private collection of over 100 pieces of contemporary ceramic art by renown Italian artists, mainly from the 20th century. He also collects Murano glass vases, ranging from Venini’s to Barovier’s, and wrist watches from the 60‘s. His wide heritage of experiences, commitment to aesthetics, knowledge of artworks and their history has combined into a desire to share this beauty through itinerant exhibitions.
Coming from a family of art lovers, he was surrounded by art as a child and his passion and appreciation for art objects developed from an early age. The creativity, innovation and genius of Italian art in the 20th century held the most captivation for Masetti, hence the collection. It includes pieces that reflect the development of modern ceramics as a sculptural medium, with vases that stand alone as decorative objects without any utilitarian application.
The collection embraces a diverse representation of different artists ranging from Galileo Chini, the initiator and great protagonist of the Italian ceramic movement of the 1900’s, to Riccardo Gatti, who experimented with numerous lustres and materials to modernist innovators like Guido Gambone, Marcello Fantoni and Antonia Campi. Each work in this collection has its own particular historical background and perfectly represents the evolution of majolica in Italy, with representatives, such as Giò Ponti, Fausto Melotti, and more sculptural artists like Bianchini, Matteucci, the visionary Onestini, Sassi, and other specific ceramicists like Gatti, Tramonti and Carlo Zauli.
Masetti’s collection is dedicated to the beautiful art of Italian pottery between 1900 and 1990, realized by 27 famous Italian artists and ceramicists. The exhibition offers a major selection of art objects which, in the interwar and postwar periods, defined the artistic panorama where many artists became confident with the materiality of clay and used it as a mean of expression to overcome the limits of the academic categories of arts, crafts and design.



Carlo-Zauli,-Baluster Vase-with-depiction-of-warriors,-1952-Height-35cm

Baluster Vase with depiction of warriors – Carlo Zauli

1952- Height 35cm




Ceramiche-Minghetti,-freeform Vase-with-decoration-in-relief,-Middle-of-the-1950s-H47.5cm

Ceramiche Minghetti – freeform vase with relief decoration

Middle of the 1950’s  – Height 47.5cm




Marcello Fantoni, Vase with female figures in relief, Early 1950s baluster shape

Marcello Fantoni, Vase with female figures in relief

Early 1950s



Domenico Matteucci, Vase with abstract decoration, FAENZA, c. 1962-63

Vase with abstract decoration – Domenico Matteucci

FAENZA, c. 1962-63





Fausto Melotti, SHELL Polychromatic Enamelled Ceramic Shell

MILAN, 1960s




Domenico Matteucci, Yellow Vase withgreen female figure, c. 1962-63

 Yellow Vase with green  female figure motif – Domenico Matteucci

c. 1962-63



Giacomo-Onestini,-Spaceship sculpture -1972-H50cm

‘Spaceship’ sculpture – Giacomo-Onestini

 1972 – Height 50cm




Giò Ponti Milano, Vase with unicorns, multi-colour earthenware, 1930

Vase with unicorns, multi-colour earthenware,designed by Giò Ponti, produced by  Richard Ginori

Milano,  1930



Guerrino Tramonti, Green ceramic pouring vessel with female face motif in black, Early 1950s

 Green ceramic pouring vessel with female face – Guerrino Tramonti

Early 1950s




Guerrino Tramonti, Vase with cat, fish, pear and sun

First half of the 1950s




Alberto-Masseti at exhibition

Alberto Masetti, Bologna





Guerrino Tramonti, Modernist vase with sun-moon graphic

Early 1950s





Guido Gambone, Vase in the shape of a flask

End of the 1950s





 Abstract Mask in polychromatic maiolica, Marcello Fantoni,






Guido Gambone, Vase with fascia decoration

End of the 1950s. Height 47.5cm




Pietro-Melandri,-orange Vase-with- black gazelles,-First-half-of-the-1930s-Lustre-Majolica-H29cm

Lustre Majolica Vase with gazelles – Pietro Melandri

First half of the 1930’s –  Height 29.5cm





Bird vase in a zoomorphic form, with a triangular base – Riccardo Gatti

Faenza, Italy – 1950’s





Vase with abstract decorations – Riccardo Gatti

End of 1960s



Richard-Ginori-Giò-Ponti,-White Vase-with-gilded-handles,-1930s-H33cm

 Vase with gilded handles – Richard Ginori and Giò Ponti

1930s Height 33cm





Vase decorated with ears of wheat – Guido Gambone

Mid 1950s




 Perugia decoration ‘Umbrian landscape’ – Rometti Manufacture, Umbertide




Leonardi-Leoncillo,---Abstract Sculpture-in-enamelled-terracotta-with-polychromatic-glazing,-From-1953

Sculpture in enamelled terracotta with polychromatic glazing – Leonardi Leoncillo

From 1953




Spherical vase with geometrical decorations – Ivos Pacetti

AAlbisola, Italy, 1923-1924





Footed vase with decoration in relief,  moulded maiolica – Carlo Zauli,

1955 –  Height 47.5cm





Lenci Ceramiche  vase –  ‘the storm’

Torino,  1931  – Height 25.5cm



Arturo-Martini,-White sculpture-in-stoneware-“La-Pietà”,-From-1941-30

Arturo Martini sculpture in stoneware “La Pietà”

From 1941- height 30.5cm




Pale green glazed vessel - Guerrino-Tramonti,--1966

Guerrino Tramonti –1966





Agenore Fabbri, Ceramic Vase with perforated body decorated with geometrical motifs





CARLO-Zauli,-Red vase-with-abstract-decoration,-1955

CARLO Zauli, Vase with abstract decoration, 1955




02_Campi_1950 Antonia-Campi,-Vase,-S.C.I

Antonia Campi Vase





Marcello Fantoni, Warrior Figurative Polychromatic Maiolica Vase, c. 1956

Warrior figurative motif maiolica vase  Marcello Fantoni,

c. 1956

See more of the Masetti collection here 


More Italian 20th century modern ceramics


Galileo-Chini---vase with geometric eagles decoration c1903-1910

Vase with geometric eagles decoration – Galileo Chini

circa 1903-1910





Guido Gambone Italian modernist geometric ceramic lamp base

circa 1960




Giorgio Zennaro, 1979

Rago Auctions




‘Taureau’ – Guido Gambone

ca 1950




ITALIAN-MODERNIST-VASE.It-is-handbuilt with "chamotte" finish - Aldo Londi

Chamotte textured vase with abstract horse motif – Aldo Londi ?





Pair Of Clear Glass Obelisks – Paolo Venini

Rago Auctions




Fausto-Melotti-Vaso-Ceramica--modern contemporary ceramic

Fausto Melotti