Vintage horse from painted papier maché, Portugal, 1970
I think my love for horses is wel known to regulate visitors to our shop. Luckily I collect statues and figurines of horses and have been able to restrain myself when it comes to real life horses. I have been able to limit the ownership of the real beasts to only 0,5, a sweet big black Frisian mare. The backside.
But if I come across such a sweet statue of a horse as this one, I have to have it. I bought three of these. One went straight to my own home and holds the place of honour on top of my fire place. The second has been sold. And the third one had to spend some time in the clinic for some recuperation and TLC , but is now totally ready for its new forever home.
That is to say, in the clinic they found out that one of his legs was shorter then the other three, which made it difficult for him to stand. There were to options to cure him. The fist one was breaking its leg, trying to extend the leg and glue it back in place. A very extensive operation and you do not want to put your horse through such a heavy procedure. The second option was quite simple, just pushing a small nail in its hoof. I opted for the second option. So now he has a nail.
So if you promise to take good care of him, you can adopt him. He is from Portugal, fully dressed to attend the village fair. Made somewhere around 1960- 1970. And has worked hard his whole life and it shows. He has some cracks in places and as said, he has a nail in one of his hooves, but he can stand now. I would not put him to work though, he is up for a wel deserved retirement.