This dimunitive bronze horse was sculpted by Fred Kormis, born in Germany in 1897, and moved to England in 1934, where he lived and worked as a sculptor until his death in 1986. He studied art until the first World War, when he spent time in a Russian prisoner of war camp. After the war he resumed his studies and worked as a sculptor of portraits before emigrating to England in 1934, to escape Nazi Germany. He is very well kown for his portrait medallions, with many examples of these works in the National Portrait Gallery in London. From his experience in the camp, and the memory of WWII, he has created numerous memorial sculptures to honor those who suffered and died in the camps. His sculptures are often simply executed, with a sense of power and elegance that is such a part of good modernist design. This bronze is small in size, but it's presence is strong. It measures 4 1/4" high (bronze alone is 2 3/8" x 2"). The marble base is deep brown with mottling, and the bronze has a dark patina with some light verdigris. It is signed "Kormis" and is undated. His earlier works were cast in bronze, as were the portrait medallions, and in his later years, he often worked in cast resin with a bronze finish. The marble base has a few chips on the bottom edge, and on the left corner at the front of the horse.
The area over the signature has been cleaned a bit, showing the lighter bronze under the darker patina.