"Rocking Beauty" Hobby Horse
In the past, this child’s rocking horse was often attributed to the influential American architect Philip Johnson. However, recent scholarship has revealed this to be a half-truth. In fact, it was the idea of another Philip Johnson, artistic director of the toy company Creative Playthings. He suggested it to Gloria Caranica, a recent graduate of Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute he had just hired.
- Designer: Gloria Caranica, American, born 1931
- Manufacturer: Creative Playthings, Inc., ca 1945-present
- Medium: Plywood, solid wood, pigment
- Place Manufactured: New Jersey, United States
- Dates: designed 1964-1966
- Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 11 3/4 in. (51.4 x 64.1 x 29.8 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: On inside of rectangular wooden stop on bottom, impressed Co. logo at proper right: "CREATIVE/PLAYTHINGS/PRINCETON NJ"
- Collections:Decorative Arts
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 2007.38
- Credit Line: Bequest of Laura L. Barnes and gift of Mrs. James F. Bechtold, by exchange
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Gloria Caranica (American, born 1931). "Rocking Beauty" Hobby Horse, designed 1964-1966. Plywood, solid wood, pigment, 20 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 11 3/4 in. (51.4 x 64.1 x 29.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Laura L. Barnes and gift of Mrs. James F. Bechtold, by exchange, 2007.38. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: An abstracted child's rocking horse composed of two intersecting rectangular pieces of plywood, bent at opposing curves, the lower element slightly wider than the upper one, pierced at an angle by a solid wood shaft secured at the bottom of the lower bent rocking base element and extending through the upper plywood section, topped by a wood sphere painted bright red. A short, low, rectangular seat back attached to upper side of top ply element.
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)