Numerous animal paintings from the 17th and 19th centuries run through Jean-Pierre Pescatore's collection. While the subject matter is representative of the bourgeois spirit during the Second Empire, one must not overlook Jean-Pierre Pescatore's passion for the horse breed, which undoubtedly guided some of his artistic acquisitions. The banker owned several English thoroughbreds and racehorses, which he had trained in his private riding hall in the park of the château of La Celle-Saint-Cloud. He ordered two remarkable sculptures depicting stallions from Christophe Fratin and probably received the magnificent painting "Jeune turc caressant son cheval" by Eugène Delacroix as a gift.
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