A red velvet and worked metal horse saddle

We know little about this exciting piece, but we know it's very special. Research has led us to look at examples of 17th Century through to 20th Century work, horse and camel saddlery, medieval pieces, jousting saddles and armoury, ceremonial and pageantry tackle, and has taken us on an exotic journey through the work of the Ottoman Empire, Turkish and Asian pieces, the Esterhazy family, Islamic work, and Italian saddlery. It's been fascinating and though we’re not able to say exactly where this falls, it is a beautiful piece that wouldn't be out of place in any of that company.

This stunning wooden saddle is covered in beautifully worn wine-red velvet and brocade. This is then ornately decorated in riveted metalware with lovely verdigris and a super patina. It could be rubbed back/polished if desired. Wooden frame. Removable upper seat back section. Leather/iron straps. The work on this saddle is just stunning. A museum piece that can be yours. It would look stunning displayed, or could be used as occasional seating. The saddle has great proportions- this piece is a scene stealer. You will not find another.



Depth front to back: 63cm

Max width 70cm

Max height 48cm


Condition: There is plenty of wear which includes rubbing to the material, tacks lost and pieces nailed. The single central section of material has been tacked over a cream linen but can be removed. Where there are specific points to note we will detail these as far as possible but please be aware that all our items have wear commensurate with age and are as seen in the photographs. If you require any specific information please do not hesitate to get in contact.


Collection only

Please note: This item cannot be shipped but we have an excellent and competitive bespoke courier service. Please email us for more information or a quote. 


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