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2015 Christmas Ornament - An Apple for Traveller

ornament - $30.00


2015 Mort Künstler Collectible Ornament
An Apple for Traveller

We proudly introduce our 20th edition Mort Künstler Collectible Ornament for 2015 titled An Apple for Traveller.

This is the fifth in a mini-series of five ornaments entitled the 150th Anniversary Series and commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Historical Information

There are few relationships more appreciated than that of a horse soldier and his mount. During the American Civil War, over a million horses perished in service to their respective causes. Few of them are remembered and revered today as much as Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveller. Buried at Lee Chapel, at the same site as his commander, this dappled grey American Saddlebred was known for his speed, strength and courage in combat. Lee acquired him in 1862, and rode him throughout the war and beyond.

Mort Künstler's Comments

One of my favorite images to paint each year is my annual snow scene. Usually released around the holidays, this piece incorporates some of my favorite lighting and composition techniques. It is therefore no surprise that I have given an enormous amount of thought to what will probably be my last Civil War snow scene. I also took a slightly different angle. Instead of searching for a specific and significant sight as a backdrop for this number VII of VIII in the 'Legends' series, I decided to paint a scene that could have taken place on any winter night during the war.

Robert E. Lee was known for his kindness to animals as well as people and his thoughtfulness was legendary. That accolade formed the inspiration for this painting, which gave me the opportunity to capture the relationship between the general and his faithful horse Traveller. With this scene, I felt that I could depict his sincerity and capture a brief moment of serenity amidst the perils of war.

From the school:

Timber Ridge School proudly presents limited edition Christmas ornaments featuring the artwork of renowned Civil War artist Mr. Mort Künstler. Mr. Künstler has been a very generous supporter of the School by donating the use of a piece of his artwork for our ornaments. His tremendous support of our program was recognized in March of 2003 with the dedication of the Mort Künstler Residence Hall.

All proceeds from the sale of ornaments are earmarked for the improvement of campus programs and facilities.


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