Austrian, Framed Copperplate Engraving: Spanish Riding School, Courbette


This antique framed copperplate engraving from Austria measures approximately 6.75" x 5.75". It depicts a horseman of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, an institution known for training Lippizaner horses.

Wien, Sfanisher Reitschule, Courbette translates to Vienna, Spanish Riding School with "courbette" being a movement in dressage in which the horse makes a series of jumps on the hind legs with the forelegs in the air.

Kupferstich (in the lower left corner) means copperplate engraving (in German), and the D in the lower right hand corner is the artist's initial. There is something else there but it is illegible, as is the sticker on the back of the frame. I can make out Wien clear enough, so the piece was framed in Vienna. I am not certain if the engraving and frame are from the same time period.

****CONDITION: The frame is carved wood with significant damage along the edges. Please examine the photos carefully and do let me know if you would like more as I'll be happy to oblige.

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