Lot 4205

A magnificent princely bridle from the arsenal of Frederick Augustus I of Saxony, called "Augustus the Strong", circa 1700

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Hammer price € 20,000

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Very elaborately crafted bridle of leather covered with red velvet, lavishly embroidered in silver and with finely engraved and chiselled fire-gilt fittings. Complete bridle with large gilt fittings on the horse’s browband and noseband. Large, completely fire-gilt iron bit and attached reins. Comes with a richly embroidered rein holder of red velvet with twelve engraved and fire-gilt bars on each side. Extraordinarily good condition with unfaded velvet and only minor traces of age and wear. Attached an old slip of paper with handwritten ink inscription (tr.) "Property of King Augustus of Saxony". Mounted on a metal stand. Length of bit 35 cm. Length of bridle approx. 48 cm.
Very similar bridles can be seen on the horses in the equestrian portraits of the Saxon Elector created by the court painter Louis de Silvestre (1675 – 1760).
Provenance: Aus altem Dresdener Familienbesitz.

Condition: II + Questions about the lot?

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