200 objects and works of art exhibited in the museum Horse

Merry-go-round horse Daniel C. Muller & Gustav Dentzel

Linden wood, glass, horsehair, metal
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1909

These two merry-go-round horses are the symbols of the Museum of the Horse. They were carved by Dentzel and Müller in the early 20th century.
Down through the years, their paint has faded, and only a few traces  of colour remain on the wood.

Ceremonial horse

Polychrome terracotta
China, Wei/Tang Dynasty, 6th-7th  century
Private collection

These terracotta horses are probably Mingqi figurines: depicting men, animals or objects from daily life, these statuettes were placed in burial tombs to ensure a comfortable life for the deceased in the hereafter.

Sicilian cart

Leather, metal, carved and painted wood
Sicily, 1857

The Sicilian tradition of painitng carts began in the 19th century.
Red carts are often decorated with scenes of war. Here, the decor refers to Sicilian and Italian history (The Pillaging of Mantua, history of King Roger of Sicily…).

The Duke of Aumale on his mare Pélagie

Jacques Charles Froment-Meurice (1864–1947)
Loan from the Condé Museum, Chantilly

The Duke of Aumale, the last owner of Chantilly, is depicted here on his mare Pélagie. Pélagie’s stall can still be seen in the stables today.

Racing in Chantilly

Pierre Vernet (1836–1860)
Racing in Chantilly
Oil on canvas

The first Prix du Jockey-Club derby was held in 1836 in Chantilly.
In the foreground, the horses are in a “galop volant” or “flying gallop” position: with bodies and legs outstretched, they barely touch the ground. This unrealistic posture was used by painters until photography was invented.

Bohemian glass

Probably August Böhm (1812-1890) / Pair of jars with lids / Engraved, partially coloured Bohemian glass with panels depicting a Janissaire holding a horse and a hunting scene / Meistersdorf, circa 1840-50 / Private collection

The Bohemian glassmakers improved the antique glass technique, their glass is more resilient. They are especially renowned for their highly-skilled engravings, made by a cutting wheel or brilliant cut.

On the Nature and Virtue of Horses

Manuscript on vellum / 280 pages / France, circa 1500-1515 / Facsimile

This exceptional manuscript is dedicated by the author to Louis XII, King of France, Duke of Milan and Seigneur de Gennes. This indication enables the date of the manuscript to be established between 1499, the year in which Louis XII bacame Duke of Milan and Seigneur de Gennes and his death, in 1515. The entire manuscript may be viewed on an interactive terminal.