Royal Armouries

Wooden Horse - Black stallion - XVII.12

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Carved wooden horse. xvii.12

Carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. English, 1685-90 (XVII.12)

  • Carved wooden horse. xvii.12

    Carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. English, 1685-90 (XVII.12)

  • 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. English, 1685-90 (XVII.12)

  • 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.12)

  • 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.12)

  • 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)

  • Interior view of wooden horse

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

Date: 1685 | Object number: XVII.12

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, 1685-90
Object Number: XVII.12
Maximum height: 197 cm
Maximum length: 217 cm
Body length: 165 cm
Head height: 145 cm
Girth: 187 cm

Wooden Horse - Black stallion - XVII.12

Description

Construction

‘Battenberg’ four-block type

Type of Wood

Oak

Pose

Head: Straight ahead
Legs: Front right leg raised; Left hind leg raised

Distinguishing features

Eyes: very large, defined, pink. Yellowed whites, pupils black. Scraped to nineteenth-century layer

2012-13 Research

Paint Analysis:
Primer: lead white and fine charcoal black;
Undercoat: as topcoat;
Original topcoat: black
Topcoat today: black

Endoscope:
Shows the grain of the oak and a variety of different tool marks where the carvers have chopped out unwanted wood.
Body cavity contained inscribed glasspaper left during restoration in 1893 by William Buckingham.

X-ray:
Results awaited 2013

Dendrochronology:
N/A

Current Attribution:
Carver unknown

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, 1685-90
Object Number: XVII.12
Maximum height: 197 cm
Maximum length: 217 cm
Body length: 165 cm
Head height: 145 cm
Girth: 187 cm

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