The subject of this magnificent equestrian study is Balmoral Curlew, a Highland Pony owned and bred by Queen Elizabeth II, and known to be one of Her Majesty’s favourite horses. Originally kept at Windsor and ridden regularly by The Queen, the pony was later transported to the Royal Family’s Scottish Estate at Balmoral, as the monarch had long wanted to take her Highland Ponies back to the land where the breed originated.
This beautiful fine bone china sculpture of Balmoral Curlew was originally commissioned from Bronte Porcelain by the Windsor and Eton Association of Royal Warrant Holders, and the very first model was presented to The Queen in commemoration of her eightieth birthday at a special ceremony in 2006. You can read more about the commission and presentation on our news pages.
The grace and power of the sturdy pony have been perfectly captured by our sculptor, who visited the horse in its stables and took no fewer than five hundred photographs to make sure that every detail of the model was correct. The subtle shading and dappling of the horse’s coat are achieved through careful hand-painting, with wonderfully lifelike results. The plinth on which Balmoral Curlew stands is made from mahogany, and features hand-painted bone china panels depicting Windsor and Balmoral Castles, the pony’s two royal homes.
Bronte Porcelain’s fine bone china sculpture of Balmoral Curlew, one of The Queen’s favourite horses, is a limited edition of just twenty pieces, and is a truly outstanding example of ceramic equestrian art.
Width : 490mm