The Sitting Labrador sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Affection’ sculpture range. Handmade in England. Can be bought as a labrador pair.
Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze
Limited Edition 25 – Bronze Resin Sitting Labrador £1,600.
Limited Edition 25 – Foundry Bronze Sitting Labrador £6,750.
(Prices include VAT and exclude delivery)
Sitting Labrador Size: H:800 W:780 D:300 mm, H:32 W:31 D:12 inches
To purchase the Sitting Labrador 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 Labrador sculpture
For many years an opportunity to commission a dog sculpture from me was auctioned at Battersea Dog and Cats Home’s annual fundraiser. I modelled this labrador Barney as part of a labrador pair for the generous bidder. Leo and Barney were very lively and affectionate and spent quite a lot of the time sitting on top of the garden table.
At their sitting I took lots of photographs of Barney and Leo 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 Barney and Leo best, then proceeded to model them in clay.
Once I’d sculpted the labradors 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.