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By Culturekiosque Staff

LONDON, 26 MARCH 2014 — Shortly after the closure of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht on Sunday, four sculptures of horses by Spanish artist Juan Chaéz (c. 1750-before 1809), which were for sale by Tomasso Brothers at Maastricht, were acquired by a major European private collector who confirmed the sale yesterday. The asking price for the group was in the region of €350,000.

Originally commissioned by the 14th Duke of Albuquerque, José María de la Cueva y de la Cerda (1775-1811), these wood statuettes then passed to José Isidro Osorio y Silva Bazán, Maquis of Alcañices, Duke of Sesto and 15th Duke of Albuquerque, and thence by descent. Each bears the aristocratic mark of the Duchess of Albuquerque Soto on its base.

Juan Chaéz (c. 1750-before 1809): Four Spanish Horses
Rearing Horse, Polychromed wood, 71 x 60 cm
Kicking Horse, Polychromed wood, 50 x 76 cm
Pacing Piebald, Polychromed wood, 54 x 54 cm
Pacing Bay, Polychromed wood, 57 x 64 cm
Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, Stand 165

Juan Chaéz was born in Malága and worked for such prestigious patrons as Charles IV of Spain, the Infante Luis and a number of i