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Title Saint George
Dating 1425?
Location Unknown (Bucharest?)
Type of the object saddle ivory plaque
Provenance purchased by Miklos Jankovich in Bucharest
Place of exposition Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum), Budapest, Hungary
Date of manufacturing ca. 1408–1425

Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum

Batthyany Saddle
Ceremonial saddle from the time of Sigismund of Luxemburg, cca. 1408–1425
Many bone carvings on this ceremonial saddle, which was purchased by Miklos Jankovich in Bucharest, feature themes connected with St. George and the Dragon. These themes were favoured at court. However, we also see the emblem of the Order of the Dragon, which was founded by King Sigismund. This underpins the legend that the saddle originally belonged to Vlad III (Vlad the Impaler), prince of Wallachia, a ruler also known as Vlad III Dracula, on account of his membership of the order.
(History of Hungary, Part One, Room 3)

The Art of Love in Late Medieval Bone Saddles - Thesis Submission
Batthyany Saddle
Museum: Budapest, Hungarian National Museum, inv. 55.3117
Material: wood, birch bark, leather, bone panels
Height: 35 cm
Width: 41 cm
Depth: 53 cm
Inscription: -
Initials: -
Provenance: In the property of the Batthyany family until 1848.202 Bought by countess Lazansky from Count Kazmer Batthyany (1807-1854) for 40 forints, in the auction of the properties of the castle. She sold it to Istvan Batthyany, then it was obtained by Antonia Batthyany (Countess Karolyne Zichy). Her son, Janos Zichy donated the saddle to the Hungarian National Museum in September 19, 1862.203
Bibliography: Eisler, "Zu den Fragen der Beinsattel des Ungarischen Nationalmuseums I.," 189-210; Eisler, "Zu den Fragen der Beinsattel des Ungarischen Nationalmuseums II," 205-48; Boccia, L'Armeria del Museo Civico Medievale di Bologna, 111; Vero, "Bemerkungen zu den Beinsatteln aus der Sigismundzeit," 270-78; Vero, " 4.67. Beinsattel (Batthyany-Sattel)," Sigismundus rex et imperator. Kunst und Kultur zur Zeit Sigismunds von Luxemburg, 1387–1437, ed. Imre Takacs (Budapest: Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, 2006), 359-60.

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