My experience with horses are pretty close to non-existent (I rode a horse once or twice in my lifetime) yet I find myself attracted to them in the art-sense.
Over the years, I have seen fine displays of horse sculptures and weathervanes in homes featured in various design books and magazines.
The first time I took notice of this type of artwork were from homes designed by DC-based Interior Designer, Mary Douglas Drysdale.
I have been a great admirer of Ms. Drysdale's work for many years. When I read Decorati's recent interview with Ms. Drysdale, it reminded me not only how much I enjoy viewing the photos of her projects, it also reminded me how I love her use of horses in art form in a home.
All of the above photos are from Ms. Drysdale's portfolio on Decorati
The cover of Better Homes & Gardens Beautiful Interiors issue showcases a classic vignette by Ms. Drysdale.
And the cover of Veranda from 1996 features more of Ms. Drysdale's work, including a horse statue on the mantle.
Meanwhile, I have discovered more inspiration and resources involving horse artwork.
Lori Graham, also a DC-based Interior Designer, presents great use of a horse sculpture among a chest, orchid plant and framed artwork, all capturing Asian charm in this lovely vignette. I was unable to capture the photograph to share on this site, so please click this link to Ms. Graham's website to see it for yourself.
What a beautiful antique horse weathervane from 1st Dibs. Ideal for a collector.
This framed artwork titled Neoclassical Cavallo Studies II is a reproduction by Domenico Marchetti, replicating a marble sculpture by Antonio Canova, a well-known Italian sculptor from the late 1700s and early 1800s.
The description on Design Toscano's website of this artwork says it well. Fraught with incredible detail and form, the horses’ individually rippling muscles captured in historic pose are almost unparalleled. To me, this affect resonates with architectural features I like in an urn, column or pediment but on a less-defined scale. The edges and ripples are smooth and subtle.
A hand-carved horse such as the one offered by Restoration Hardware has remained in the back of my mind as a possibility for our home.