The life-sized Yorkshire Terrier Pair sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Affection’ range. Handmade in England. Also available individually.
Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze
Bronze Resin (Limited Edition 25) Price £1,390.
Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition 25) Price £6,100.
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Individual Lying Yorkshire Terrier Size: H:330 W:470 D:350 mm, H:13 W:18 D:14 inches
Individual Standing Yorkshire Terrier Size: H:450 W:530 D:260 mm, H:18 W:21 D:10 inches
To purchase this Yorkshire Terrier Pair sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour and weight 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 and process behind the Yorkshire Terrier Pair sculpture
These sculptures were modelled on Charlie and Ben. Charlie was quite elderly when I met him, but was still sweet and spritely and enjoying the comfort of his wonderful home. Charlie was commissioned with his companion Ben as a pair, though unfortunately, I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Ben as sadly he’d passed away. I visited Charlie and took lots of photographs and measurements of him in a variety of poses, watching his expressions and mannerisms, and hearing about the way he behaved at home with his family. Then I looked at all the photos of Ben that his owners had taken over the years. After that, with his owners, I decided which pose would suit Charlie and Ben best, then proceeded to model them both in clay.
Once I’d sculpted them both 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 moulds and support them during the casting process. Charlie and Ben were originally commissioned in Bronze Resin.