Three Sixteenth Century Drawings of Leather Straps and Metalwork for the Harnessing of Horses
HORSE HARNESS-SIXTEENTH CENTURY) Three Sixteenth Century Drawings of Leather Straps and Metalwork for the Harnessing of Horses.
N.P.: (circa early 1500s). Three sheets (16 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches). Reddish-brown crayon on very fine paper with unicorn watermarks.
Rare original fifteenth century drawings of horse harnessing, straps and metalwork possibly from Germany. The drawings are utilitarian in function and not artistic in intent for they include important details necessary for the harness maker or blacksmith to make the pieces. One of the drawings bears the number 64 in the same crayon, and the others numbered 63 and 66. The first is a bold full-page drawing; the second a smaller sketch on a trimmed sheet, of a curious metal stirrups-and-spurs device. The watermark on the paper is of a unicorn. These drawings have a great provenance, being one of only three items which Paul Breman offered in his Catalogue One. Small wormholes on the right hand side of the sheets affect only one drawing; apart from that, the sheets are remarkably clean and well preserved.