That iconic horse statue from the Brady Bunch house has a witchy history
People really ponied up for these sculptures.
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The most recognizable celebrity on The Brady Bunch just might be a building. After a hit home renovation series, the Brady house has reached new levels of familiarity. The six actors who played the Brady kids reunited for A Very Brady Renovation and helped piece together a recreation of the studio set inside the familiar suburban facade. They painstakingly tracked down decorations and props, because few sitcom sets are as intimately familiar in the minds of television viewers.
One of the immediately recognizable objects in the Brady living room is a horse statue that sits atop a credenza by that iconic staircase. You know, the one that barely escapes destruction by a basketball when Peter breaks the vase in "Confessions, Confessions." The white horse majestically stands with a front hoof raised.
What's perhaps most interesting about the sculpture is how familiar it might have looked to viewers in 1969. Before it became a centerpiece on The Brady Bunch, the horse statue turned up on a couple of offices seen by millions. Even stranger, it always seemed to appear in stories about witches.
The horse statue first trotted into our memory in the 1958 film Bell, Book and Candle. Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart, who had appeared together earlier that year in the Hitchcock masterpiece Vertigo, starred in this romantic comedy. Novak played a witch in Greenwich Village who casts a spell on her neighbor, Stewart. She is a free spirit. His character, Shep Henderson, is a buttoned-down suit who works in publishing.
If this all sounds terribly similar to a certain 1960s sitcom, it is with good reason. Bewitched creator Sol Saks admitted Bell, Book and Candle was a heavy influence on his Elizabeth Montgomery-Dick York series.
In Bell, Stewart's Shep Henderson worked in publishing. On Bewitched, York's Darrin Stephens worked in advertising. What's even stranger is that both of their offices had that same horse statue!
You can see it easily in the trailer for Bell, Book and Candle when Ernie Kovacs is introduced. The white horse stands by the entrance inside Shep's office.
On Bewitched, the equine decor can be found inside the office of Larry Tate (David White). Darrin has a different horse statue on display behind his desk. Horse statues were all the rage in the midcentury.
Columbia Pictures was the studio behind both Bell, Book and Candle and Bewitched. That could explain a shared prop warehouse. However, The Brady Bunch filmed at Paramount. How did it make it to the groovy Brady living room? We're not sure, but we're blaming Peter.