Up for sale is this KASLI Russian USSR CCCP Metal Horse Dated 1972. It is reminiscent of the stylized horses of Frederick Weinberg, Mid-Century Modernist sculpture. Dated 1972 and has its original paper label. Measure approximately 11.5 inches tall by 16 inches long by 5 3/8 inches wide.Marked on the bottom "KASLI" ( КАСЛИ) and "Made in USSR" (Сделано в СССР). VERY heavy weighing over 14 pounds. Probably cast iron. The condition of is excellent for its age. Please see all photos.
"Kasli" iron sculptures (cast-iron molding) appeared in the middle of 19th century, and are known for the smoothness of the surface of the metal, and also in the skills of the craftsmen. The secret was in a great quality of iron, smelted on the fire from wooden coal, in the consistence of the forming sands and in the skills of the craftsmen. The best works of Kasli iron casting art made after the original models by the well-known Russian and Western European sculptors Peter Clodt von Jürgensburg, Eugene Lanceray, etc. In 1860 the Kasli’s plant was honored with the Golden Award (The small golden medal of the Free Economical Society) in 1860. In a year a Small Silver Medal of Saint Petersburg’s Textile exhibition joined it. And a bit later – the honorable diplomas, silver and golden medals on the World Exhibitions in Paris (1867), in Vienna (1873), Philadelphia (1876), Copenhagen (1888), Stockholm (1897) and again in Paris (1900). The art of iron figures making have made Kasli factory well known all over the world. Many of world wide known historical artistic sculptures and figures at Moscow and Saint Petersburg - and even iron made furniture at Winter palace - was produced at Kasli factory.
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