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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 through the Art Institute of Chicago.