Equestrian Statuette of Prince Frederick Henry of Orange (1584 - 1647)

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Fanelli was one of the important foreign sculptors working in England for Charles I and his court, where he was known as the 'one-eyed Italian'. This statuette was made to be placed on a table or cupboard, presumably after Fanelli left England in 1642 upon the outbreak of the Civil War. When Lever bought the piece in 1915 he thought it was of a general in the army of his great hero, Oliver Cromwell. The identification of Prince Frederick Henry of Orange was made by comparing the statuette with a work by sculptor Francois Dieussart 1646 - 1647) which was formerly at Potsdam.