Prince, Labrador Portrait

The Prince, Labrador Portrait sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Affection’ range. Handmade in England.

Prince, Labrador Portrait


Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze

Size: Life-sized

Bronze Resin Price £580. delivery).

Foundry Bronze Price £1,980.

(Prices include VAT and exclude delivery)

To purchase this Prince, Labrador Portrait sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour can vary slightly.

Materials explained

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 and behind the Prince, Labrador Portrait sculpture

The Prince, Labrador Portrait sculpture was modelled on a beautiful lab who’d sadly passed away prior to the commission. Prince was commissioned in 2016 and I worked from his owner’s favourite photographs. He was a very handsome boy, and it was a challenge to capture his spirit and manner, but I really enjoyed sculpting him.

Once I’d sculpted Prince in clay 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.

Prince was commissioned in Bronze Resin.