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Posted 2 years ago

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I thought this was just an amateur piece by some hobbyist until I searched on the web! There are many carvings done by this artist (on worthpoint too!) but I can't find any information on the person, not sure of gender either?
And I found it in a garden shed!!

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  1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
    That's really a great carving!
  2. Bigmacnz, 2 years ago
    Hi there. Yes he was a real person. He was a family friend. His name was frank rentz. If you want more information let me know. I have lots of his original works

    I remember being a little girl when i went to his work shops.
  3. jearve jearve, 2 years ago
    That would be very interesting, thank you.
    If you want you can email me? nigel.clarry@bigpond.com
    Cheers, Nigel. 0402119757
  4. mellytan, 2 years ago
    Bigmancz please email me more info on this artist F. Rentz at aidamelly@gmail.com
  5. hyenastree hyenastree, 11 months ago
    I saw on the collectors weekly website that you knew and had information about the Australian wood carver, F. Rentz. I live in Minnesota and recently purchased a relief carving by F. Rentz. I would like to know more about F. Rentz and am hoping that you can share what you know about the artist. I love the carving I purchased. It is a scene of aborigines hunting kangaroos with a spear and throwing clubs. Any information that you could share regarding the artist would be very appreciated. hyenas.tree@gmail.com

  6. jearve jearve, 11 months ago
    If you have read the comments you'll note I've asked Bigmacnz for the info she offered but I have never heard back? I've just relied on google
  7. roddyq roddyq, 11 months ago
    The carving is very well done and brings back good memories. I read a book on the construction of the bridge when I was living in Sydney in the 1980's. This is quite an engineering feat. Inspired by the Hell's gate bridge in New York.
  8. Bigmacnz, 2 months ago
    Hi there. Sorry. I didnt get anything to say there were questions on here
    Ok. The picture of what you have is a copy. If it has felt on the back. It will either be plaster or resin. Originals have the wood back. And are now starting to be worth a lot if money. And i have 7 Originals in my posession. 2 of which are commisioned works for my mother and grand mother. Also a bowl. And a pen holder..
    His name was Fritz Rentz some called him frank. He lived in NSW ORIGINALLY from Germany.
    If i figure out how to send a photo of what an original looks like. I will try and add it
  9. Bigmacnz, 2 months ago
    Also if you go search ebay right now there are a couple of originals for sale. Not mine. And look at the originals. Then look at the others. You can see the difference between the original and a tourist shop copy. Some look real. But the resins etc are very clever. He carved through the 50’s to around the early 80’s. Cant really remember much. As i was a little girl. And most of my family have passed away
    Most of his works had casts made. So they could be replicated for the tourist trade

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