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    Posted 3 years ago

    JoeyC
    (114 items)

    An impressive bronze sculpture of a nude female. Can't find an artist signature or any mark at all. Does anyone recognize the style of this piece in terms of identifying its origins? This sculpture is VERY HEAVY! Appreciate all comments. THANKS!

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    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Usually good bronzes are hollow as they were usually done in the lost wax process. This one I have some serious doubts ! They never did bronzes with these kind of bases, so I would be leery.
    2. JoeyC, 3 years ago
      Hi PhDM - thanks for your comment! Would this have been poured into a plaster mold and poured solid? There is white residue on the underside; plaster? Could this just be a student piece or experimental piece? Should I suspect the metal as be a metal other than bronze? The piece has a coarse, sort of abstract, surface/ texture. Can't imagine it's an import; too heavy(?) & would be too costly to ship. Quite a mystery piece so far. Thanks again!
    3. JoeyC, 3 years ago
      Correction: Should I suspect the metal as something other than bronze?
    4. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Hi JoeyC, I am not too familiar with the newer "poured resin" except that I have scratched one that I own also and there was a white powder that came out of it. The resin is solid so it does give it some weight. I bought one a while back but I already knew that it was a repro, although it was done pretty good. I bought it at the time to put on my display at my table when I sold books on antiques at the Antique Shows. The thing I noticed back then in the early to mid 90's was that the fingers and feet have to be looked at most as they look just not done right and some are "webbed," particularly the feet or fingers. They do that on a lot of the earlier ones. I noticed that on some it is hard to tell because they were putting marble on some of the bases. But in fact I never really noticed ANY real metal ones that had solid bases before the 90's. Also when I drilled the flute on my statue that I bought from the dealer, I did notice that WHITE POWDER was coming from the drill holes. I believe on them the weight is because they are not hollow. For instance on my bronzes of 31 or so inches, the weight is not heavy - it is extremely heavy, even though hollow. The resin I am not totally familiar of what they are made of. For instance they make some very good resin large statues they say with a mixture of marble dust and glue so they say, and they have weight. Now when I see the fingers and toes on your statue I can see it was made of resin. Notice how badly the separation of fingers on toes is ?? If it was bronze it would be very well dilineated, there would be some good detail on the toes. On yours there is nothing there to note of detail. PLEASE NOTE that I am not trying to put down your piece at all, but just trying to shed some light by way of my experience and what I know. If I ever come across a similar sculpture in my books I will let you know, as in all there is little on the internet. I hope you enjoy your statue, as there is a market for statuary that is not perfect, and on your piece there is still room for imagination. I also considered it might be by a student but not with the fingers and toes the way they are sculpted. On the resin pieces they always seem to be done poorly I noticed on most of them. They also produce a lot of the antique statue lamps in resin, which my statue lamp is, that you can really tell which is metal, the leaves and lamp fittings are the only metal. The dealer who sold me the piece also told me he suspected that it had been repro'd. The best to you !~
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Also to note there are statues made of bronze which are "sand cast" and those statues are extremely heavy as they ARE solid bronze. I have only owned the one of those I found once at auction.
    6. JoeyC, 3 years ago
      Hi Phil - Thanks for your great comments! Well I had it weighed: it is 21 lbs 13 oz. HEAVY! You know, the trimmed underside revealed metal is very yellowish so now I'm wondering if its just solid brass with an applied paint "patina". I see a few similarly designed items on Ebay. One described theirs as "poured". Still a mystery I guess! :-)

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