After Isidore Jules Bonheur (French, 1827-1901) large bronze equestrian sculpture depicting the champion thoroughbred racehorse Kincsem with jockey Elijah Madden, on naturalistic base signed "I. Bonheur". Mounted onto a rectangular marble socle. Bronze – 24" H x 32" L x 8 1/2" W. Overall – 25 1/2" H x 32" W x 10 1/2" W. 133 lbs. 20th century. Provenance: a Shelbyville, Tennessee collection. Note: Kincsem (1874-1887) was a Hungarian born thoroughbred with the most wins of any unbeaten horse in the history of the sport, having won 54 races from 54 starts. Her sire, Cambuscan, was bred by Queen Victoria. Biography: Isadore Bonheur was the younger brother of noted animal painter Rosa Bonheur. He studied at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Salon des Beaux Arts and won medals at the Paris Salon in 1865 and 1869. His sculptures went on to win a Gold Medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1889 and he was awarded the Legion d'Honneur in 1895. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. Repaired break to one horse rein.
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