Head of a Sleeping Baby
This beautiful cold cast bronze sculpture is a reproduction of 19th-century French artist Aime Jules Dalou's "Head of a Sleeping Baby." The sculptural detail is stunning and very lifelike, and shows the artist to be at the top of his form. The right shoulder is inscribed with the artist's name "DALOU".
Aztec Calendar Stone
The Aztec Calendar Stone was found near the main temple enclosure of "Tenochtitlan" which is now the site of present day Mexico City. Dating back to 1502 A.D., the calendar reveals that the Aztecs had an advanced knowledge of astronomy far superior to any other North American Civilization. The original calendar stone was a massive 13 feet in diameter.
102MC 14.5" diameter
The Roaring Lion is a handsome piece of artwork. This statue will create a stunning shelf piece which will accent seasonal entertaining or may be simply displayed for everyday aesthetic beauty. This large cat, having a short tawny coat and a long, heavy mane around his neck and shoulders, is the male of the species.
This Warrior Chief sculpture is from the Republic of Benin in West Africa, formerly one of the most powerful African kingdoms. The culture was dominated by the military, with warrior chiefs having complete control over their subjects. This sculpture was created in the 16th century, before firearms began to emerge in Benin life. Here, the Warrior Chief is donning a ceremonial hat and carries a spear, the traditional weapon of the time. It was also customary for warriors to carry a protective charm and a bell. The warriors would all clang their bells in unison before attacking their enemies.
American artist and designer Louis C. Tiffany (1848-1933) worked extensively with the decorative arts. While he is most well known for his stained glass windows and lamps, he also created beautiful blown glass, jewelry, and ceramics, including the original of this stunning Urn (reproduced in crushed stone resin).
Boy with Dolphin
Reproduced from a 19th century bronze depicting a cherub with a dolphin, in the manner of the Italian Renaissance. It was purchased by the architect Stanford White to be used as a fountain head in the courtyard of Rosecliff, the summer residence White designed for Mrs. Theresa Fair Oelrichs, which was completed in 1902.
Chinese Guardian Lion Bookends
Stone guardian lions were traditionally used in China to flank the entrance of Buddhist temples and other important buildings. Guardian lions symbolize power and authority. They were meant to keep the evil forces from entering important or sacred buildings by protecting the doorways. Reproduced from the collection of the Minneapolis Museum of Arts.
Greek Hoplite Warrios
The Greek Hoplite warrior represents power and courage. The Hoplites were the most feared soldiers of the 7th through mid-4th centuries B.C. Their helmets were designed to protect the face and throat, an otherwise easy target. Many helmets had distinctive nose pieces and elaborate horse-hair crests. Body armor was created with bronze and leather. This warrior wears an Early Corinthian Hoplite helmet with characteristic cheek guards designed to cover the face.
Ganesha Elephant God
One of the most beloved gods of India, the elephant-headed Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles to any undertaking. The son of Shiva, one of the trinity of major Hindu gods, Ganesha once enraged his hot-tempered father, who chopped off his head. After pleas from Ganesha’s mother, Parvati, Shiva placed the head of an elephant on the body of their young son. The subject of much teasing because of his appearance, Ganesha became so angry at the moon for making fun of him that he broke off one of his tusks and threw it at the moon thus creating craters. The original statue, from southern India, is bronze and dates from the 19th century.
At age nineteen, Potter was already exhibiting and selling her work in various Chicago art shows and at twenty-two, she opened her first studio. Using her female friends as models, she received much attention for her small portrait statuettes called “Potterines.” Potter moved on to display her work with the New York Society of American Artists. She traveled to France making a pilgrimage to Rodin’s studio. Contrary to the turn to larger more monumental sculpture in the 1920’s and 1930’s, Potter chose to sculpt on a smaller scale. Her style matured and was well received both publicly and critically. In 1899, she married the American Impressionist painter Robert Vonnoh and settled in New York City. Potter was distinguished by becoming the first permanent woman sculptor member of the National Academy of Design.
The ornate Putti Vase is one of the classical styles which once graced the most lavish castle garden of 18th Century Europe. These vases boasted of classical influence. However, artists considered it "de rigueur" to add stylish touches to the main body of each vessel. Added to this traditional Greek vase are two cherubs perched atop the neck, the two medallions on the side of the body, and subtlety detailed base. Vases were an integral part of every European garden.
Classic elegance and craftsmanship are hallmarks of this beautifully crafted Empire Trophy Urn. The handles are finely detailed female Greek figurines. Surrounding the body of the urn is a running frieze of classical mythological figures. The Empire Trophy is a replica of 18th Century trophy urns, adapted from the Greek and later Roman urns.
270AS and 270R 20"
271R and 271V 46"
Roman Trophy Urn
Elaborately detailed Roman Trophy Urns once graced the palatial estates of 15th Century Europe. This Roman Urn features finely wrought ornamental handles and exquisite detailing. Surrounding the body of the urn is a running frieze of classical mythological figures. These 18th Century styles were adapted from the Greek and later Roman urns, which once served as grave monuments for the upper class citizens.
Inspired by classical sculpture, artist Sergey Eylanbekov reveals the figure in a "high relief" - an almost rounded sculpture with no defined edges. The polished, soft body of the slumbering nude stand in stark contrast to the rough, rocky bed on which she rests. Her torso is sculpted in a slightly elongated fashion and her hair drapes below her. The overall effect of the piece is accomplished, as there is no movement visible. She will remain in her quiet repose.
Harmony in form and function is the hallmark of this masterfully conceived Ionic column from Classical Greece architecture. The Ionic column included simple yet graceful lines with a flared capital at the top to support a horizontal cross beam. The Ionic column was a central feature of Greek Revival architecture in 19th century America. Its presence as a dominant architectural feature in public and private buildings communicates grace, symmetry, and strength.
Le Tub was first exhibited in the Eight Independent Exhibition of 1886 in a group of pastels. Critics reacted violently to their first view of the bathers, hurrying to interpret them as illustrations or social statements. None of the many published accounts describes them for what they are - pictures of models posing.
Dress Up is a handsome and useful piece of artwork. This piece will create a stunning centerpiece which will accent seasonal entertaining or simply display for everyday aesthetic beauty. Dress Up is a unique collector's item that will be treasured for years to come.
Dragon Figure, Late Han Dynasty, China 25-220 A.D.
Dragons often adorned Chinese tombs for the upper class and royalty as well as flags and public buildings. In Chinese mythology, dragons are associated with strength and masculinity, and as having unlimited supernatural powers over heaven and earth. They have often stood for forces of nature, specifically water and weather. The original was made of earthenware with a lead glaze.
The name "hippopotamus" comes from the Greek, meaning "river horse." These engagingly grotesque looking mammals, which have the largest heads and mouths of any animal in proportion to their size, are plant eaters of usually gentle disposition, but since early times inspired awe because of their size and strange appearance. In ancient Egypt, the hippopotamus was associated with the evil god Seth, the enemy of the sun god Re, possibly because they damaged the country's crops. However, statuettes of hippopotami were placed in Egyptian tombs to insure good hunting in the hereafter.
This expressive portrait of the great poet is a striking example of the creative passion of the Hellenistic period in Greece arts. The mask is adapted from a Roman copy of a 2nd century Greek sculpture. The Roman copy was created in bronze and is displayed in the British Museum, London. Homer was one of the last great tragic poets of Greece.
By Moissaye Marans. This powerful depiction of Isaiah represents the Biblical phrase “… and they will beat their swords into plowshares …” The original work in bronze adorns the facade of the Community Church in New York.
By Moissaye Marans. This powerful depiction of the prophet Isaiah, whose name means "Yahweh is salvation" and who foretold the coming of Christ, represents the Biblical phrase “… and they will beat their swords into plowshares …” The original work in bronze adorns the facade of the Community Church in New York.
Rejecting the Tibetan Buddhist forms which had been popularized by the proceeding Mongol Yuan Dynasty (1279 A.D. - 1368 A.D.), the native Chinese Ming Dynasty favored artistic themes reminiscent of the earlier Sung period (960 A.D. - 1279 A.D.). The dreamy, compassionate image of the Kuan Yin was, as always, one of the most popular. Closely associated with Avalokiteshvara is the small figure of Amitabha ("Boundless Light"), the Buddha of the West, found in the Kuan Yin's headdress.
This classically inspired piece features a quartet of majestic lions, symbolizing royalty, valor, strength, and bravery. A gently rounded bowl sits atop the watchful lions in this decorative piece with a distinctive aged stone finish.
A 19th century Bambara (sometimes Bamana or Banmana) ceremonial vessel. The Bambara, who inhabit the upper Niger in Mali, West Africa, attach a ritual significance to all objects they create. The stylized markings on the vessel are similar to those often seen in body scarification in the region. The vessel is circled by several animals, which feature in the complex symbology of the Bambara.
326RS 11" x 12"
The art of ancient Greece has had an enormous influence on Western Art, particularly sculpture. During the Classical period, Greek sculptors came to a more naturalistic depiction of the human body, with much emphasis on movement and weight. This comes through in the Male Torso, which has the distinct look of a body in motion. The heroic nudity of the gods, warriors and mortals was a natural expression of the Greeks open admiration of the perfectly developed male body, and sculpture during this period often tried to capture this ideal.
Sea Horse King
The Sea Horse King rising from the foaming surf, with his magnificent mane of sea shells, captures the spirit of invincible strength. This powerful interpretation of a mythological steed is enhanced by a weathered finish suggestive of time-worn stone. The Original scupture is by Canadian-born Charles Le Norreys who studied art sculpture at the School of Beaux Arts in Montreal.
Robert E. Lee (1807-1870)
A classic rendition of the great general who commanded the Confederate Army in the Civil War. Many believe Robert E. Lee to be one of the most heroic figures in American History. He fought not for personal gain, but to prove himself worthy of a cause. Union General Ulysses S. Grant, to whom Lee was finally forced to surrender, said about Lee, "There was not a man in the Confederacy whose influence with the whole people was as great as his." This sculpture has lifelike touches that make it a unique and noteworthy collectors item.
This sculpture is the final and also the highest achievement of Michelangelo's early period. It was completed when he was only 24 years old. During his long life, he produced works which were more powerful, more mature, and of greater artistic value than this, the first of his four Pietas. Yet hardly any other image created by his brush or his chisel has been so deeply and universally loved as this early vision of the supreme sorrow which he wrestled from a huge block of faultless Carrara marble with the consummate skill of a great master.
Buddha Seated in Meditation
Indian prince Siddhartha Guatama left his life of luxury to learn more about the real world from which he was sheltered, entering a life of poverty, self-denial, and meditation. Since achieving nirvana after meditating under the Bodhi Tree, millions have followed his teachings to attain their own enlightenment. This reproduction of the 12th century Indian original is available exclusively through the Art Institute of Chicago.
Asklepios (also Asclepius): The Greek god of physicians and healing. According to mythology, he was the favorite son of Apollo. His daughter Hygieia, was the goddess of health.
This is a whimsical piece - a baby seal cavorting on its back. It conveys a lively charm which is enhanced by the pleasing texture of the stone.
Swiss Lion Bookends
The majestic lions on these bookends are reproductions of a lion monument in Lucerne, Switzerland. The monument was carved out of a natural rock wall by Danish sculpture Bertel Thorvalsen in 1821 to commemorate the 700 Swiss Guards who protected the royal family at the Tuileries Palace in Paris during the French Revolution. Mark Twain called the monument “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world".
This portrait of the majesty and innate physical power of the king of beasts was executed by one of the first modern sculptors to address himself to animals as his subject. At a time when the academicians of France considered only historical, mythical, or other heroic subjects fit themes for the serious attention of a painter or sculptor, Antoine Louis Barye haunted the "Jardin des Plantes" in Paris to observe and sketch the wild animals in the zoological collection.
Moon Gazing Hare
Hares have been nearly universal symbols of fertility and abundance since ancient times for cultures as wide-ranging as the Celts and the Chinese. Instead of a man in the moon, these ancient cultures saw the image of a hare in the moon, so moon gazing hares were said to be looking up at their ancient ancestor in the moon. The hare was known to be sacred to the goddess Eostre, an ancient Pagan goddess who was celebrated at the Spring equinox. Christian traditions adopted the name Easter from Eostre, and her sacred hare seems to have become our familiar Easter bunny.
The original sculpture of this angelic female goddess graces the grounds at the Elms Mansion, one of the magnificient properties of the Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island.
Thomas Jefferson represents the essence of democracy as he proudly clutches The Declaration of Independence, which he largely penned, in this full-length statue. The original work that immortalizes one of our nation's Founding Fathers was commissioned by an Act of Congress for the United States Capitol. In terms of fame and financial success, Hiram Powers was the dominant American Sculptor of the ninteeneth century, blending classical idealism, physical idealism, and appealing subject matter with moral overtones.
Seated Lincoln is the work of sculptor Daniel Chester French, who was taught by May Alcott, sister of the gallant Louisa. French's first commission was The Minute Man for the centennial celebration of the Concort fight. Nearly fifty years separate this initial accomplishment from the completion of his most famous statue, the great marble Lincoln of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Of the many sketches which the artist made between 1912 and 1915, this particular one was selected because a seated figure was through to be appropriate for the inside of the memorial.
Lincoln Life Mask
Shortly before winning the Republican nomination for President, Lincoln paid several visits to artist Leonard Wells Volk. Though he found the process of letting wet plaster dry on his face followed by a skin-stretching removal process "anything but agreeable," Lincoln endured it with good humor. Upon seeing the finished product, he declared it, "the animal himself."
This portrait owes its inspiration to the last photograph of the President taken by Alexander Gardner on April 10, 1865. The news of Lee's surrender had reached the White House only hours earlier. The end of the Civil War was imminent, but the strain of the ordeal clearly shows up in the portrait. The sculptor, Leo Cherne, made a thorough study of Lincoln's face which he describes as "a palimpsest of human paradox." The bronze original of this portrait head is at the Lincoln Museum at Washington, D.C.
Head of Lincoln
John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum (1867-1941) was a prolific painter and sculptor who, aside from other works, has one hundred seventy public monuments to his credit. The Lincoln head on Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills — part of the gigantic mountain carving, which includes the faces of Washington, Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt — is based on this model. It was started in 1927, under Borglum’s direction, and was completed in 1942, eight months after the artists death. The scale rendition by the contemporary sculptor Joanna G. Kendall, from which this replica was made, has been hailed by Lincoln scholars and experts as a magnificent achievement which reflects all the dignity and grandeur of one of the most beloved American monuments.
Automotive pioneer Henry Ford (1863-1947) did not invent the automotive or mass production, but he perfected the moving assembly line process and revolutionized the automotive industry. The Ford Model T is credited with literally putting the world on wheels. Ford was also interested in education and believed that innovation and technology would lead to a better future. He felt that people would be inspired and educated by contact with history as exhibits and objects, rather than schoolbooks and words. Over the years, Ford’s educational institutions have continued to serve the public and have gained an international reputation for using these vast collections to create programs that demonstrate American innovation, ingenuity, and resourcefulness.
In the year of her Coronation, Queen Elizabeth II commissioned royal sculptor Oscar Nemon to execute a marble bust of Sir Winston Churchill, which is now in Windsor Castle. Political icon and statesman Churchill led the United Kingdom during World War II, working closely with U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt during perhaps the greatest international struggle of the 20th century. Among the artist's famous sitters have been Queen Elizabeth II, Sigmund Freud, and President Eisenhower.
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is the inventor of the modern detective story, a pioneer of science fiction, and the master of the macabre. His works include such lyric poems as “The Raven” as well as tales of terror like “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” The son of traveling actors, Poe was orphaned at the age of two and fostered by Richmond tobacco exporter John Allan. After dropping out of the University of Virginia and being expelled from West Point, Poe began a career as a journalist. By the time of his early and mysterious death at the age of forty, he had become America’s first internationally influential author.
Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was a distinguished public figure in her own right. She served as first lady from 1933-1945, supporting the New Deal policies of her husband, as well as being a strong advocate for civil rights and human welfare. Much of her life was spent in service to others, from working as a social worker in the East Side slums of New York at age seventeen, to chairing the United Nations committee responsible for getting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights drafted and approved. At her memorial service, Adlai Stevenson said of her, “What other single human being has touched and transformed the existence of so many?”
Famous cubist artist Pablo Picasso created a 50-foot, 162-ton sculpture for the city of Chicago. Commissioned in 1963 by the Richard J. Daley Center and dedicated in 1967, the sculpture cost over $300,000 dollars to create, though Picasso turned down any money offered to him, claiming the sculpture was a gift to the city. Although Picasso never explained the meaning behind the structure, many artists have been inspired by this work. This maquette was created by Picasso in 1965 as a model for the final larger structure. It can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago. This reproduction is available exclusively at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Famous cubist artist Pablo Picasso created a 50-foot, 162-ton sculpture for the city of Chicago. Commissioned in 1963 by the Richard J. Daley Center and dedicated in 1967, the sculpture cost over $300,000 dollars to create, though Picasso turned down any money offered to him, claiming the sculpture was a gift to the city. Although Picasso never explained the meaning behind the structure, many artists have been inspired by this work. This maquette was created by Picasso in 1965 as a model for the final larger structure. It can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago. This reproduction is available exclusively through the Art Institute of Chicago.
New York Public Library Lion Bookends - Bronze and Wood
The monumental marble lions that flank the Library’s steps in mid-Manhattan were modeled by Edward Clark Potter and carved by the Piccirilli Brothers. The lions were in place on the building’s opening day, May 23, 1911, and have since come to be known as “Patience” and “Fortitude”. They were carved of pink Tennessee marble and rest on bases of Milford granite. These reduced models were created under the supervision of The New York Public Library.
Your New York Public Library Lion Bookends are cast in bronze utilizing the centuries-old lost wax method, and then affixed to a burl wood-finished base. They can be cleaned when necessary with a damp cloth or cotton ball.
The Brachiosaurus was one of the tallest and biggest dinosaurs that ever lived. Known for their long neck, the Brachiosaurus stood 40-50 feet tall. They only ate plants (making them herbivores), and they didn't chew their food - they just swallowed it whole!
951MC 10" x 5" x 10.25"
The Parasaurolophus weighed around two tons and grew to be 40 feet long. Its unique crest of the head was possibly used to produce a low frequency sound or to increase their sense of smell. This herbivore thrived during the Mesozoic era.
952MC 8.5" x 4.75" x 5.75"
Though the Stegosaurus was a massive dinosaur (30 feet long), its brain was only the size of a walnut! The Stegosaurus is known for its plates and spikes that run along its back and tail. Its spiky tail was used for protection, with the spikes nearly 4 feet long!
953MC 12.5" x 4.75" x 5.5"
The Triceratops is known for its 3 horns which can be up to 3 feet long. This dinosaur has a massive 10-foot-long skull, one of the largest skulls of any land animal ever discovered. It can weigh up to 12 tons. The T-Rex was one of its major predators. It fought off predators by charging at them headfirst.
954MC 8.5" x 3" x 4.75"
Wedding Rings Earrings
Peter Lipman-Wulf was born in 1905 in Germany, a Christian born to a family with Jewish heritage. His father was a prominent lawyer and his mother was a talented sculptress. Peter decided to become a sculptor while in his teens. Success came early to Lipman-Wulf in pre-Nazi Germany. He was chosen as the State Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin's Master Stone Carver, but was forced to leave his position and flee to France after Hitler came to power. In 1937, he was awarded the gold medal at the Exposition Mondiale in Paris, but in 1939-1940, he was interned with many other artists and intellectuals. In 1942, he was able to escape to Switzerland with his Swiss wife and daughter. He immigrated to the United States in 1947, where he made his home in New York City until relocating to Long Island in the mid-1970s. He died on September 26, 1993, in Europe, while attending several openings of his exhibits in France. His popular Wedding Rings serves as a timeless depiction of love.
Wedding Rings Pendant
Fashioned in sterling silver with lapis lazuli cabochons, the Wedding Rings jewelry line pays tribute to the enduring themes embodied in Peter Lipman-Wulf's famous Wedding Rings. Wedding Rings was first sculpted from Brazilian rosewood in 1953. It was exhibited under the name Embrace, then as Rings. Eventually, Lipman-Wulf's then-wife, Muriel, had the idea to call it Wedding Rings, since the artist's poverty had prevented the couple from buying wedding rings at the time. Thus renamed and exhibited in 1958, the piece received much attention. Shortly thereafter, a photo of the statue appeared in a Sunday New York Times Magazine article in the wedding section, and the piece instantly became much sought-after. The timeless sculpture's popularity has been ever-growing since.
Winston Churchill by Oscar Nemon
Oscar Nemon was born in Yugoslavia in 1906. Being of Jewish faith and fearing the rise of Nazi Germany, Nemon fled Europe for England in 1938. Many of his family members who stayes in Europe died during the Holocaust. He produced busts of several regents and statesmen, but is best known for his sculptures of Sir Winston Churchill. Nemon held Churchill in high regard for his part in ending World War II and created many busts with him as the subject. The original bust was reduced by Nemon for reproduction.
Winston Churchill by Oscar Nemon
Oscar Nemon called Sir Winston Churchill "one of the most remarkable personalities of all time" and hoped his sculptures of Churchill would be "not merely a likeness, but a biography of his life." Over the years, Nemon created several busts of Churchill. In this piece, Nemon depicted Churchill in his wartime siren suit to commemorate his leadership through World War II when he served as Prime Minister of Great Britain. In addition to being made a Knight of the Garter by Queen Elizabeth II, Churchill also won the Nobel prize in Literature and was the first person to ever be made an honorary citizen of the United States.