27 November 2013
AFTER A MODEL BY EVGENY LANCERAY, INSCRIBED WITH A SIGNATURE IN CYRILLIC, FURTHER INDISTINCTLY INSCRIBED, LATE 19TH CENTURY
Bronze with dark brown patina, height 40.5 cm.
This work commemorates the heroic winter crossing of the Balkans by the Russian army during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878. To the left, a soldier helps his horse climb a steep slope, in the centre another Cossack lowers his head trying to protect himself against harsh icy winds, whilst the soldier on the right begins his descent, leading a heavily-loaded horse. The arched composition refers to the fact that it was intended as a mantle clock, however it was also sold as a freestanding sculpture as suggested by the varying prices – 700 for the bronze with the clock and 350 Rubles for a self-standing group. The composition was further split to form independent groups entitled “Horseman in the Balkans” and “Crossing the Balkans: Soldier on his Horse”.
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§ Indicates Artist's Resale Right applies.
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