Lot 343 (Fine Interiors, 13th March 2018)

A rare C J Spooner fairground/carousel 'Boer War' centaur in the form of General Redvers Buller (1839-1908)

A rare C J Spooner fairground/carousel 'Boer War' centaur in the form of General Redvers Buller (1839-1908),
c.1900, with double scrolling saddle, carved girth, harness and acanthus leaves, Buller in dark blue uniform, the body finished in dapple, grey with gilt highlights and horsehair tail, with original brass maker's plaque bearing design no. 350295, on a display stand,
165cm wide
130cm high,
together with a cigarette card depicting Buller, and
a signed letter from Buller (3)

This, centaur, with well documented history, was one of four originally fitted to John Green's platform galloper and was carved to commemorate the British general's exploits.

Sold for £9,800


Condition report
Overall height, including plinth: 147cm.
Height to saddle, including plinth: 86cm, lowest part of saddle.
Length from tail to face of General: 127cm long (excluding tail).
Maximum depth: 41cm (width?).