A bronze figure of Saint Mark's horse. Italian, probably 17th century
On a later red marble base - 9½ in. (24 cm.) high, 9½ in. (24 cm.) wide; 13½ in. (34 cm.) high overall, 11 in. (28 cm.) wide overall - Estimate : $15,000 - $25,000
Notes : The famous bronze horses of San Marco, standing five feet in height, were probably cast originally for the Arch of Nero in Rome. Constantine the Great had them removed to Byzantium, and in 1204 Doge Dandolo on his conquest of Constantinople had them brought back to Venice. They were removed yet again in 1797, this time by Napoleon, and were finally returned to Venice as a provision of the Treaty of Paris of 1815, following Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo.
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