An impressive late 19th Century bronze study of a French cavalryman seated upon his horse dressed in steel cuirass armour and plumed steel helmet, looking into the distance. The bronze with excellent detail and rich brown patina. Signed Math Thomas, stamped with Thiebaut Frères Foundry seal and with frontis presentation plaque dated Nov 1885.
The Cuirassiers were Napoleon’s favoured troops, who could turn the tide of battle with a combination of pistol and carbine firing, culminating with their devastating charge with lances and sabres. These highly respected cavalrymen were the backbone of Napoleon’s army. He picked only the biggest men and the biggest horses to join their ranks and trained them to be the best cavalry in history.