The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, December 28, 2014


National Museum of Australia acquires the oldest intact Melbourne Cup
1866 Melbourne Cup. A silver-gilt chased cup with gold leaf. Photo George Serras, National Museum of Australia.
CANBERRA.- It is the race that stops the nation and the National Museum of Australia in Canberra hopes to stop visitors in their tracks with the acquisition of the earliest unaltered Melbourne Cup in existence.

A silver-gilt chased cup with gold leaf, consisting of a base, cup and lid. The cup is decorated with silver foliage designs and two silver horse heads on either side. A central shield is inscribed with the words ''MELBOURNE / CUP / 1866 / WON BY / MR JOHN TAIT'S / BLK. H. The Barb / 3 years'. Two cherubs are attached to the ornate handles at the top of neck, and an angel holding a wreath sits on the top of the lid. The circular base is painted black.

In tribute to a race that captivates the nation on the first Tuesday in November every year, the National Museum has purchased the ornate 1866 Melbourne Cup.

"The purchase ensures that this magnificent trophy will rest permanently in the Museum’s national collection for all Australians to enjoy," said National Museum of Australia acting director, Dr Mathew Trinca.

The 1866 Melbourne Cup joins the 1867 and 1934 Melbourne Cups in the Museum’s collection. It also complements the Museum’s other most requested object - Phar Lap’s heart.

First run in 1861, the Melbourne Cup was initially a cup in name only. For the first four years of its existence, no trophy was awarded.

It was not until1865 that the race winner was presented with a trophy, but this cup was later sold by its owner to the Flemington Hunt Club, which rebranded it.

The 1866 and 1867 trophies now resting at the National Museum, are therefore the oldest Melbourne Cups, which still retain their original inscriptions.

The 1866 Melbourne Cup was won by then owner and trainer John Tait’s, ‘The Barb’, a magnificent stallion affectionately known as the ‘Black Demon’ on account of his fiery temperament - a reputation forged when he threw off his rider before the start of his first race.

The 1867 Melbourne Cup was won by ‘Sydney’ Tim Whiffler (one of two Tim Whifflers who entered the race), trained by Tait’s great rival, Etienne de Mestre, who ultimately won five Melbourne Cups.

The 1866 and 1867 Cups are currently featured in the Museum’s New Acquisitions Case, where they will remain until December.

The National Museum is currently undertaking a research project on the history of the horse, ahead of a major exhibition in September 2014. See nma.gov.au/horses





Today's News

November 4, 2013

Leopardman vs good missionary: Belgium revamps its Museum for Central Africa

Mystery shrouds discovery of art trove stolen by Nazis; shock find reported by news weekly Focus

LACMA's third Art+Film Gala honors Martin Scorsese and David Hockney and raises over $4 million

Leading Brazilian and Mexican artists highlight Christie's Fall Latin American Evening Sale

Metropolitan Museum and SFMOMA jointly acquire major William Kentridge installation

First U.S. exhibition in half a century for César goes on view in New York City

LACMA presents first United States presentation of David Hockney's new video work

Exhibition of recent work by the German artist Reinhard Mucha opens at Luhring Augustine

Note revealing Churchill fears of French war sold by International Autographs Auction in London

Rijksmuseum launches Rijksstudio Award for its innovative digital application

Frick's Center for the History of Collecting names Jennifer Farrell winner of book prize

Artist Michelle Grabner's first comprehensive solo show opens at MOCA Cleveland

Exhibition of Guy Bourdin's work opens at House of Photography at Deichtorhallen Hamburg

"Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness" on view at the National Gallery of Canada

Major exhibition of the work of Victor Burgin opens at Ambika P3

Jailed Pussy Riot punk incommunicado for nearly two weeks: husband

Street art takes on street waste in Libreville

National Museum of Australia acquires the oldest intact Melbourne Cup

Joel Otterson's second solo exhibition at Maloney Fine Art opens in Los Angeles

Exhibition featuring new work by Kelly "RISK" Graval opens at Fabien Castanier Gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site