Royal Armouries

Wooden Horse - Black stallion - XVII.8

Images

colour photo of the head of a wooden horse

Head of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. English, 1685-90 (XVII.8)

  • colour photo of the head of a wooden horse

    Head of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. English, 1685-90 (XVII.8)

  • monochrome photo of a carved wooden horse against a stone wall

    Carved wooden horse. 1972 (XVII.8)

  • monochrome photo of the rear view of a carved wooden horse

    Carved wooden horse. 1972 (XVII.8)

  • monochrome photo of the head of a carved wooden horse

    Carved wooden horse. 1972 (XVII.8)

  • x-ray of the neck of a wooden horse showing metal nails

    X-ray of the neck of a carved wooden horse (XVII.8)

  • colour photo of the head of a wooden horse

    Head of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. (XVII.7)

  • Photo of strips of different colours annotated to explain different paint layers

    Paint analysis of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings.( XVII.7)

  • monochrome hand drawn outline of different views of a life-sized carved wooden horse

    Scale drawing of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. (XVII.8)

  • monochrome hand drawn outline of different views of a life-sized carved wooden horse

    Scale drawing of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. (XVII.8)

  • Interior view of wooden horse

    Endoscope image showing the materials and construction details visible inside the body cavity of horse. (XVII.9)

Object number: XVII.8

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, 1685-90
Object Number: XVII.8
Maximum height: 206 cm
Maximum length: 222 cm
Body length: 167 cm
Head height 145 cm
Girth: 198 cm

Wooden Horse - Black stallion - XVII.8

Description

Construction

‘Battenberg’ four block type

Type of Wood

Oak

Pose

Head: Forward
Legs: Right front raised; Back left raised

Distinguishing features

Mane: Right hand side, curly
Lips: More prominent than other horses
Teeth: Carved
Tail: Removable tail not suited to rest of horse

2012-13 Research

Paint Analysis:
Ten paint treatments
Primer: unusual buff – chalk and ochre
Undercoat: as topcoat
Original Topcoat: mid brown
Topcoat today: black

Endoscope:
Inside the body cavity it is possible to see the joint (top) between two of the blocks, marks where excess wood has been gouged away, and the hollowed out neck.

X-ray:
Yes in 2012

Dendrochronology:
N/A

Current attribution:
unknown.

In 1964 David Green, Grinling Gibbons: His Work as Statuary & Carver, suggested that XVII.8 was ‘most deserving of the label’ of being by Grinling Gibbons. Featured in A C N Borg 1976 ‘Heads & Horses’ as by John Nost, on basis of similarity to John Nost II’s George I of 1717-20 at Barber Institute from Dublin.

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, 1685-90
Object Number: XVII.8
Maximum height: 206 cm
Maximum length: 222 cm
Body length: 167 cm
Head height 145 cm
Girth: 198 cm

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