The Sitting Golden Retriever sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Open edition, from the ‘Great and Small Sculpture’ small animal range. Handmade in England. Available as a pair with the Standing Golden Retriever sculpture.
Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze
Bronze Resin Price £80. Includes UK delivery, (international delivery £12).
Foundry Bronze Price £510. Includes UK delivery, (international delivery £20).
Size: H:190 W:160 D:110 mm (H:7 W:6 D:4 1/2 inches)
Bronze Resin Weight: 830g (29.3 oz.)
To purchase this sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour can vary slightly.
Bronze Resin (known also as Cold Cast Bronze) is made from a polyester epoxy resin with real bronze powder mixed into the surface layer. The final product is patinated (a term that describes the reaction of chemicals with the bronze powder in the surface) to give it a very similar colour to foundry bronze.
Foundry Bronze is made from molten metal using the lost wax method. Bronze metal is a blend of copper and tin along with other metals to give different characteristics to the final product.
Both forms begin as a clay or wax sculpture, from which a mould is taken, but Foundry Bronze casting is a costly and time-consuming process. Cold Casting allows for faster production and a more affordable sculpture.
The intention behind the Sitting Golden Retriever sculpture
The Sitting Golden Retriever sculpture was modelled on Barney, and the standing one was modelled on Pasha. Barney was an old boy when I met him, and the owners had got Pasha as a puppy a few years before. They should me some fantastic photos of Barney playing with Pasha when Pasha was small, and they still play together really sweetly.
At their sitting I took lots of photographs of Pasha and Barney in a variety of poses, watching their expressions and mannerisms, and hearing about the way they behaved at home with their family. After that, with their owners, I decided which pose would suit Pasha and Barney best, then proceeded to model them in wax.
Once I’d sculpted the retrievers a rubber mould was taken, with ‘keys’ placed in the rubber to ensure proper positioning. Then a shell of fibreglass was applied, to protect the mould and support it during the casting process.