“For want of a Nail the Shoe was lost; for want of a Shoe the Horse was lost” Benjamin Franklin
Despite the January frost, Antique Bronze Ltd, specialists in sculptural conversation and restoration, began work on restoring Althea Wynne’s spirited trio of horse sculptures in Minster Court, City of London. The aim of Antique Bronze Ltd’s work was to prevent the sentiment of Benjamin Franklin’s prophecy from coming true by intervening before the original patina on these exceptional sculptures had been entirely lost.
Antique Bronze was the company chosen to undertake this project as it is known for its knowledge and expertise in contemporary patination. The company has been commissioned in the past to work with artists such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Wendy Taylor thus benefitting from their wealth of experience with contemporary sculpture.
London is not short of dramatic horse sculpture. From the rearing fury of Piccadilly’s Horses of Helios Fountain, to the tenacious bravery of Boadicea’s horses which pull her chariot, but Althea Wynne’s magnificent trio at Minster must be acknowledged as among the greats. Althea created these site specific sculptures for Minster Court when it was built in the early 1990’s. As a nod to the financial district they belong to, they are affectionately known as Sterling, Dollar and Yen. A love of horses and an ability to translate their innate beauty in bronze made her the perfect choice for this commission. Tragically, Althea died in a car accident with her husband in 2012 while working on another equestrian commission for Windsor Great Park.