Christian Seltmann, Weiden plates with horses
The German porcelain manufacturer Christian Seltmann, Weiden has released an impressive series of plates with horse-drawn carriages, called "Behind the Thundering Hooves". The plates were designed by Hubert Kaplan, who is a well known and respected artist who mainly depicts life and nature in the first half of the 19th century.
He was born in 1940 and educated upholsterer, but quickly his passion for the art itself arose. He started drawing, then watercoloring and finally began oil painting. In the beginning, art was only a hobby, but as his works became known, his art became his profession.
The motif of the first Seltmann horses plate shows two horses drawing a sleigh with two passengers. The horses are quickly trotting along in the frosty air with the heavy snow clouds hanging over them. Besides the horses a dog is running while the driver and his passenger sits on warming blankets.
Another plate with horses from Christian Seltmann shows four white horses in front of a wedding carriage with the newly wed bride and groom. The carriage is festively decorated with pink flowers, the sun is shining, it is summer and now the couple is on their way home from church in a romantic carriage.
The fifth plate in the series Behind the Thundering Hooves shows a cheerful sunday company, which has just arrived at a cosy inn, where they can enjoy refreshments. The beautiful, golden horse takes the ado with great serenity and is not affected by the crowd or the noise.
The motif of the last horses plate in the series from Christian Seltmann, Weiden shows a party decorated city where the houses are festively decorated with flowers and the children and adults are dressed in their best clothes. In the mid of it all comes the heavy beer wagon, drawn by four brown horses with newly polished harnesses.
Spode, Susie Whitcombe plates with horses
The English artist Susie Whitcombe was the designer of the beautiful horse plates from the English Spode Porcelain Factory. The series is called Precious Horses and consists of eight porcelain plates.
Susie Whitcombe is known for her stunning paintings of horses, which she has painted all over the world. She lives with her husband on a farm in England, where she overlooks the many fields with her own horses.
In the plate series Precious Horses, Susie Whitcombe depicts some of the world's most elegant and important horse breeds. The first plate depicting an English thoroughbred mare with her foal. Both mare and foal carefully listen to and keep an eye on the world around them. The English thoroughbred has been very important for the breeding of riding and racing horses and was therefore the obvious choice for the first plate in the Spode and Susie Whitcombes series of porcelain plates with horses.
A mare with foal or an entire field with mares and their foals are pleasing to the eye. These elegant and magnificent animals are a day of joy for many horse enthusiasts and it is important that the foal gets the best start in life. The second horse plate in Susie Whitcombes series depicts a white Lippizaner mare with her black foal. The uniqueness of the lippizaner horse is that the foal is always born black and as it grow older, it will be white as its parents. The Lippizaner is especially known from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.
The third horse plate from Spode Porcelain Factory presents the American Quarter Horse, which is surely America's most popular and favourite horse breed. A quater horse is a perfect partner on a ranch, where they help to patrol and recover cattle. Quarter horses are also known from the American rodeos.
The Arabian horse with her foal is pictured on the fourth plate in the series. The Arabian is one of the most noble and majestic horses in the world. The history of the Arabian horse goes far back and the Arabian has its origins in the Middle East, but later it was imported to England and from there to the whole world. An Arabian is one of the most enduring horse breeds.
On the fifth horse plate is the popular German Hanoverian pictured while being trained so its strength, elegance and exterior is really expressed. Hanoverian horses are used for jumping as well as dressage.
The Cleveland Bay is also pictured in Susie Whitcombes beautiful series of noble horses. Cleveland Bay has its origins in England, where it is still very much loved. Cleveland Bay is known and loved for its strength and it is a popular hunting horse. Previously, it has also been used a lot in agriculture and for carriages. Also the Hackney is a popular riding horse with its elegant trot admired wherever it goes.
The last plate depicts the spotted Appaloosa, which also can be dated far back. Many associate the spotted Appaloosa with the Indians, who had great benefit of this horse.