Basque Saddle, France

This is a saddle which we think is from Navarra. It is made with a quilting technique and has a very thick padding and a raised pommel. Judging by the design it was intended for use in cold temperatures. It is a half tree saddle, which is unusual. It would fit most horses. It could well be 150 years old, and was in a very poor condition when found in Madrid. It has been restored by Andre Bubear, a master saddler in France. 

Provenance: purchased by Colin Arthur in Madrid 2014.