"Rocking Beauty" Hobby Horse
On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
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.
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) (show scale)
On inside of rectangular wooden stop on bottom, impressed Co. logo at proper right: "CREATIVE/PLAYTHINGS/PRINCETON NJ"
Bequest of Laura L. Barnes and gift of Mrs. James F. Bechtold, by exchange
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2007.38_threequarter_PS1.jpg)
3/4, 2007.38_threequarter_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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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.
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