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Horse No. 14

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Title: Horse No. 14
Description: The descriptive label for this horse is missing. On the bottom of the figurine is an inscription:

To Uncle James
"Branch Cabell"
from
JohnRobert [partially obscurred]
May he live long [writing obscurred]
Xmas, 1936

Given the identifying number "14" this name of this statue would come alphabetically between Brigliardoro (13) and Bucephalos (15). The list of mythological horses in Brewer's A Dictionary of Phrase and Fable suggests the names Bronte, one of the horses of the Sun, or Bronzomarte the horse of Sir Launcelot Greaves a character in the novel by Tobias Smollett. 

The figurine is very similar in appearance to Horse No. 39 which is identified as 
"Philogeia, Horse of the Sun.
A gift from Ellen Glasgow.
--"Miss Glasgow of Virginia," in Let Me Lie.    39"
Citation:
“Horse No. 14,” VCU Libraries Gallery, accessed December 6, 2022, https://gallery.library.vcu.edu/items/show/79824.