HUGE Sicilian Carretto Toy Model Horse Cart Italy Sicily 1950’s Roses Knight yqz
Vintage Bright Colors On The Cart Shabby Chic Condition
Wonderful vintage toy/model of a Sicilian Carretto Horse Cart. This cart is vibrant and lively depicting happy children and knight scenes. The cart is hitched to a large horse with many adornments and decorations. We are calling this shabby chic due to a leg issue (the front left leg is cracked all the way around, almost separated.), and the overall condition of his straps. Overall this would be a great restoration piece and would be absolutely amazing fully restored. Talk about potential! This measures approx. 28″ x 13″ x 13″. Good Luck!
The Sicilian cart (or carretto siciliano in Italian and carrettu sicilianu in Sicilian or carretti (plural)) is an ornate, colorful style of horse or donkey-drawn cart native to the island of Sicily, in Italy.
The carts were introduced to the island by the ancient Greeks. Carts reached the height of their popularity in the 1920s, when many thousand were on the island. The Museo del Carretto Siciliano, in Terrasini, in the province of Palermo, is a museum dedicated to the carts.
The craft of making the carts is handed down from generation to generation, through the training of apprentices. Carts are known for being covered in carvings and brightly painted scenes from Sicilian history and folklore as well as intricate geometrical designs. These scenes also served the purpose of conveying historical information to those who were illiterate. The colors of Palermo’s flag, yellow and red, feature prominently on the carts, along with details in bright blues and greens. The animals pulling the carts are often elaborately adorned as well.