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Title: An Arab Stallion
Item Name: Sculpture
Maker: Christophe Fratin (1801-64)


This item is in the Burton Constable Hall collections and is included on this database by kind permission of the Burton Constable Foundation. The son of a taxidermist, Christophe Fratin was born at Metz, in France. With a passion for sculpting animals, he became one of the foremost animalier sculptors of the early 19th century. Having spent his early years as a taxidermist, Fratin developed a sound understanding of the anatomy of animals and a heightened appreciation of their form. Although it is not known when the Arab Stallion came into the collection, as Marianne, Lady Clifford Constable (1800-62), had a sentimental attachment to all animals, and her husband, Sir Thomas Aston Clifford Constable (1806-70), was obsessed with horses, it seems likely the couple acquired this piece on one of their many visits to France during the 1830s and ‘40s. Located in the Staircase Hall.

Year: 1850 (c)
Materials: Bronze
ID_Number: CHS 35