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Middle Row Jumping Horse (Carousel Figure)

A work made of basswood, paint, glass, and metal.

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  • A work made of basswood, paint, glass, and metal.


c. 1924


Designed and carved by Daniel Müller
American, born Germany, 1872–1951
Possibly painted by Angelo Calsamilia
American, born Italy, 1870–1937
Gustav A. Dentzel Carousel Company
American, 1867–1928
Germantown, Pennsylvania

About this artwork

This vibrant jumping horse revolved on a carousel in Rock Springs Park, West Virginia, from around 1924 until the ride was dismantled in 1970. Daniel Müller, a German immigrant who grew up in the carousel industry, designed and carved the figure. Müller was known for his realistic style, visible here in the musculature of the horse’s legs mid-jump and the delicate flare of its nostrils.

Conservation analysis revealed that the horse was painted twice, the later visible layer possibly by artist and former Dentzel Company employee Angelo Calsamilia, who traveled the country to repaint carousel figures in active use.


On View, Gallery 263


Arts of the Americas


Daniel Müller


Middle Row Jumping Horse (Carousel Figure)


Germantown (Object made in)


c. 1924


Basswood, paint, glass, and metal


134.6 × 27.9 × 137.2 cm (53 × 11 × 54 in.)

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Gift of Larry and Gail Freels

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