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"Rocking Beauty" Hobby Horse

Decorative Arts

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.
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
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    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
    IMAGE 3/4, 2007.38_threequarter_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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    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%)
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