Thursday, May 28, 2020

Leopard and Linden

Salvete Omnes,
let us travel to the last quarter of the XIX century - and with this AD 1885 book by Randolph Huntington - History in brief of "Leopard" and "Linden," General Grant's Arabian stallions, : presented to him by the sultan of Turkey in 1879.[..]

we can revisit the two Arabian stallions and their progeny that His Majesty Sultan Abdul Hamid II of the Ottoman Empire gifted to President Ulysses S. Grant during his 1877-79  world tour.
Randolph Huntington was one of the early Arabian horse breeders in the US -  here there is a tribute to him - with many images of his horses.

Linden Tree


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Konik Polski, dr Skorkowski - Jezdziec i Hodowca

Salvete Omnes,
[in Polish]
dzisiaj głos słynnego hipologa w temacie konika polskiego z lat 1930, zanim polska hodowle koni zniszczyli Niemcy i Sowieci.

Przypomnijmy dr Edward Skorkowskiego (1899-1985), hipolog i specjalista hodowli koni arabskich, sekretarz Towarzystwa Hodowli Konia Arabskiego w Polsce,
autor wielu publikacji naukowych i hodowlanych,a wiekopomne są 'Tablice Genealogicznych Polskich Koni Arabskich Czystej Krwi (1938, wydanie drugie w 1960 roku), czy wydana w 1927 roku praca 'Kon arabski w Polsce - rys historyczno-biometryczny'. (przypomnijmy, ze po 19121 roku stan polskiej hodowli koni był opłakany, a hodowli konia arabskiego wprost tragiczny, bo 90 % stad zostało zniszczonych działaniami wojennymi i rabunkiem - zniknęły stada w Sławucie, Jezupolu, Taurowie, Zarzeczu czy stado Białocerkiewskie. (więcej na temat u Witold Pruskiego, Dwa Wieki Hodowli Koni Arabskich w Polsce)

 Redaktor  'Polska księga stadna koni arabskich (I tom 1926)',
 'Polska Księga Stadna Konia Arabskiego Czystej Krwi' (I tom w 1932, II tom w 1938 roku) .
Po 1945 roku inspektor stadnin państwowych, autor spisu strat polskiej hodowli konia arabskiego ( ze 143 matek w 1939 ocalało zaledwie 59) w wyniku II wojny światowej, redaktora III tomu Księgi Stadnej etc.

Poniżej fragment przemyśleń gwoli konika polskiego w formie krótkiego artykułu dr Edward Skorkowskiego z czasopisma Jeździec i Hodowca -
ciekawa teoria typow konika według dr Skorkowskiego wystepujaca na terenie Rzeczpospolitej ante 1939 - equus caballus cracoviaensis, equus caballus nordicus i equus caballus sivalensis 

 i skoro o arabskich przewagach dr Skorkowskiego i polskiej hodowli, to  załączone zdjęcie z Jeździec i Hodowca przedstawia wyścigowego ogiera czystej krwi arabskiej o mitologicznym nieledwie imieniu Labirynt (Koheilan I i Ameryka, 1930), zakupionego w 1936 roku do Niemiec, gdzie stanął w stadzie ogierów w Georgenburgu albo Ketrzynie w Prusach.


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Livre du cœur d'Amour épris of Rene d'Anjou part IIb

Salvete Omnes,

continuing with the remainder of plates from
Livre du cœur d'Amour épris of Rene d'Anjou (Austrian National Library in Vienna: Livre du cœur d'amour épris - ÖNB - Cod.Vid.2597 )






Livre du cœur d'Amour épris of Rene d'Anjou part IIa

Salvete Omnes,
starting the day with the second set of the illuminations  painted for the Livre du cœur d'Amour épris of Rene d'Anjou.
 The collection consists of these 16 illuminations with the 24 being empy, and is held by the Austrian National Library in Vienna: Livre du cœur d'amour épris - ÖNB - Cod.Vid.2597 (via Wiki Commons)
The plates are exceptionally beautiful - I am going to divide them into parts, as they are rather substantial

 just one of the pages in its entirety - breathtaking



Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Old Polish costume - Queen Marie Therese of France with her son

Salvete Omnes
another short entry -
I would like to bring to your attention and invite you to take a look at this wonderfully rendered portrait of the Her Majesty Queen of France Marie Therese (1638-1683), queen-consort to Louis XIV (1643-1715), and their son Louis Le Grand Dauphin (1661-1711),  dressed in Old Polish costume, about two years since the queen bore their son.
 The wedding of the royal couple was a great event between the Bourbon court and Spanish Hapsburg court, among other it was celebrated in many artworks, including prints, eg here they are portrayed together, or this entry into Paris).

Luis' birth was celebrated with the grand carousel, or a very courtly and sumptous equestrian display - perhaps in my next post I will point you to a number of prints produced in association with this equestrian parade.

In this painting Marie Therese and little Louis were dressed up for a masquerade party where participants were dressed as Polish nobles.
More detail - queen and son

 Louis alone, in his little Polish noble costume with a miniature war-ax

and finally a small print of Marie Therese on horseback


Ring bits from The Loriner & Juan Segundo

Salvete Omnes,
short post on the morisco bit series.
While perusing my book Bits and Bridles by dr G.A. Malm, I came accross a reference to the XIX century book titled The Loriner : opinions and observations on bridle-bits and the suitable bitting of horses, with illustrations by Benjamin Latchford- (1871). Mr Latchford makes reference to a book by a Spanish writer and specialist don Juna Segundo.
On the world library site The Archive you can actually study and enjoy this work, it is freely available.
Don Juan Segundo book on horse riding and bits  also available freely there.

So, among many varieties of bits and stirrups there are two ring bits, or the Spanish name goes: the Morisco bit.

The Turkish ring bit

Mameluke rRing bit


Friday, May 15, 2020

Gustaw Rau -Ocena Konia Szlachetnego V

Salvete Omnes,
[in Polish]
finałowa, V cześć, pracy Gustawa Rau o pokroju konia szlachetnego z Jeździec i Hodowca.

milej lektury

Gustav Rau - Ocena Konia Szlachetnego IV

Salvete Omnes,
[in Polish]
cześć IV pracy Gustawa Rau o ocenie konia szlachetnego z czasopisma Jeździec i Hodowca.

- cdn

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Gustaw Rau - Ocena Konia Szlachetnego III

Salvete Omnes
cześć III cyklu Gustawa Rau z Jeździec i Hodowca o pokroju konia szlachetnego




Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Gustav Rau - Ocena Konia Szlachetnego II

Salvete Omnes,
[in Polish]
kontynuacja pracy Gustawa Rau o pokroju konia szlachetnego z Jeździec i Hodowca.
czesc II



Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Gustaw Rau - Ocena Konia Szlachetnego I

Salvete Omnes,

Gustaw (Gustav) Rau użyczył redakcji czasopismu ''Jeździec i Hodowca'' ( publikacja dostępna na platformie Federacji Bibliotek Cyfrowych) praw do przetłumaczenia i wydrukowania na łamach czasopisma w 1936 roku pracy Ocena Konia Szlachetnego.
Oto całość tej pracy hipologicznej o pokroju konia szlachetnego, podzielona na części tak jak były one drukowane w originale -




Sunday, May 10, 2020

Hungarian Plain - puszta, horses and grey cattle - Karoly Lotz

Salvete Omnes,

a short entry but before I go to the topic a little remainder and comment.
Namely,  this week there passed the 75 anniversary of the end of World War II (for the Soviets and post-Soviet states it was and is May 9, for the West it was and is May 8, 1945), it culminated with the capture of Berlin and German unconditional surrender. 
Poles were part of the conquering Soviet Red Army 'fronts,' and Stalin allowed to raise our Polish flag over the Berlin's vicory column by the Polish army soldiers who took part in the conquest of Berlin.
The Soviet Union flag raising was documented with utomost care and pomp as a part of the Stalin's epic (more than 20 million of the Soviet Union citizens died in that war, while Poland was reduced from 35 million citizens in 1939 to little over  the 22 million in 1946)- some victory they could say, couldn't they?...

It was a great victory for the Soviet Union and USA, while Poland was left by the allies on the other side of the Iron Curtain, and then the citizen were outright robbed of their wealth, all in broad daylight and with the West blessing) in post-1989 'transformation.'
I am fond of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II - after all she is a horse aficionado and  eg she still rode her horses before this corona calamity - and Friday she addressed her subjects to celebrate and commemorate the 75th anniversary, and to pay tribute to her father and her people.
Too bad Polish soldiers (after all Poland was attacked on Sept.1 1939 by  the Germany's Wehrmacht and on Sept 17, 1939 by Stalin's Red Army, and never capitulated, unlike France, or the Benelux countries) were not allowed to march in the Victory celebration in London back in 1946, it was politically incorrect, Britain already had the good Attlee's Labour government at the helm. 

ad rem,

the Hungarian Plain with its puszta, animals(horses, sheep, dogs, and Hungarian Grey Cattle) and people(especially the Csikos) in the art of Karoly Lotz -


Finally, some XXI century videos on the Hungarian Grey Cattle, puszta (eg Hortobágy National Park )and Csikos  & horses from Hungary.