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“Give So They Live!”
THEO FABERGÉ ARTWORK SUPPORTS EQUINE FUNDRAISING
St. Petersburg Collection Piece Auctioning at
SBR Louisville Brunch
Not all the flying manes and tails will be on the green shavings at the World’s Championship Horse Show in Louisville on Thursday, August 23. Saddlebred Rescue is hosting its annual Louisville fundraiser at the Crowne Plaza and joining in the festivities is one of the most beloved creations of the late British artist Theo
Fabergé – The Carousel Egg. In the Fabergé tradition
started by his grandfather more than a century ago for the Russian Czars, Theo’s imaginative objet d’art egg portrays American carousel horses for its miniature mechanical surprise. And two schools of carousel design patterned their prancing steeds directly on America’s horse, the Saddlebred.
The fundraiser brunch co-chairs Maryta Montgomery and Dr. Nancy Trent, both Saddlebred horse owners, are delighted to be welcoming Mr. Fabergé’s brilliantly enameled steeds to the WCHS. Dr. Trent remarks: “We have a unique opportunity to join two traditions, the American Saddlebred horse and one of the most renowned legacies of fine art pieces with Theo
Fabergé. One of only two dozen eggs imported to the United States will be at auction during the brunch to benefit Saddlebred Rescue, the safety net for our beloved breed.”
Theo Fabergé worked on designing his Carousel Egg for many years and was particularly inspired during his frequent visits to the United States. This creation captures the essence of carousel art as perfected in the American amusements made between 1860 and the late 1920s. Immigrant craftsmen brought their skills to their new home and expanded on a popular ride for both children and adults that had existed on the Continent since the early 1700s. These American figures are more elaborate than European, particularly their horses having tossed manes, animated bodies and expressive eyes as identifying hallmarks, based on the Saddlebred horses the wood carvers were introduced to in this country.
Valued at $35,000 the sterling silver and 24 karat gold Carousel Egg is a first for Mr. Fabergé in having two colors of brilliant enamel on the shell, both royal blue and cherry red guilloché enamel. The finial, the Russian Romanov Crown, is set with a cabochon ruby. The decoration on the outside of the Egg is taken from design themes from antique carousels. On opening the Egg, the surprise, a working carousel embellished with Theo’s signature engine turning. Upon being wound, as the carousel rotates, its horses rise and descend to the music of the Carousel Waltz by Chopin. The three distinctive American styles are represented in Theo’s lavishly enameled horses: the Philadelphia and the Coney Island, which are patterned after the Saddlebred, and the Country Fair.
Inspired in part by the Carousel Egg, Saddlebred Rescue will also debut its own exclusive jewelry item, the Show Horse bead for those who collect Pandora-styled charms. The sterling silver 8-9mm oval bead features the outline of a horse head contrasted against the sapphire-toned blue enamel of the piece. On the reverse side, a silver horse shoe charm brings each wearer good luck in life and in the ring. A limited edition, this piece is priced at $79 with partial proceeds to benefit SBR.
Saddlebred Rescue, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, is a truly unique horse rescue that incorporates the thinking and practices of a professional show stable with the realities of the plight of unwanted horses today. SBR co-founder and Saddlebred trainer Nealia McCracken notes: “SBR buys all horses in our program mostly from auctions and sales where they were slaughter bound. We have our own professional trainer who works with each horse to evaluate and design a schooling program to help the horse be placed in the best matched home possible. The Louisville event is our main fundraiser of the year to cover our expenses including medical, shoeing, feed – all those things that you need for a horse multiplied by the 24 to 28 rescues we usually have at one time.” Over 600 horses have been saved and rehabilitated, all with new homes and financed through private donations.
The brunch is scheduled from 10:30am to 1:30pm,
Thursday, August 23 at the Louisville Crown Plaza. Tickets are $30 per person and reservations can be made on the web by visiting
SaddlebredRescue.com or contacting
Further information on the horse rescue can be found at SaddlebredRescue.com – on Facebook or YouTube.