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The King's Horse Florizel II

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A white painted plaster maquette of Florizel II, made when in Stud at Sandringham, signed by the sculptor, J.W. Hardy. English circa 1896.

The maquette is presented on the original ebonized base with engraved plate identifying the subject. 

In a fine bronze-framed and glazed case 22 ins x 22.75 ins x 9.25 ins

The maquette alone h.20 in x w.20 in, excluding the ebonized base.

Florizel ll, a bay colt of 1891 by St Simon out of Perdita II, was the eldest of three famous brothers, the other two being Persimmon and Diamond Jubliee. It was as a four year old that he had most success winning his first five races; the Prince of Wales' Plate, Prince's Handicap, Manchester Cup, Ascot Gold Vase and The Goodwood Cup. He won his final start that year, defeating the accomplished mare None the Wiser. At the end of his fifth year problems with his suspensory ligaments forced his retirement from racing and a new life as a stallion. He achieved 11 wins from 22 starts.

A WW1 poster for the Blue Cross Fund, centred with a work by J W Hardy, is held at the Imperial War museum.

A portrait of Florizel II painted for the Prince of Wales by Emil Adam is held in the Royal Collection Trust RCIN (404339), painted at around the time of this sculpture.



Item Code: 1306

£ 4950

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