PLAYING HORSE SCULPTURE
Windowsill-sized Playing Horse sculpture by Tanya Russell MRBS – a bronze Playing Horse statue and horse ornament for the home.
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Which material to choose?
Bronze Resin – bronze metal powder is mixed with a resin to create the appearance of foundry bronze metal, but is more affordable and lightweight.
Foundry Bronze – refers to the poured molten metal that is cast solid or hollow, depending on size, at a bronze foundry (using the traditional lost wax process). It is more robust and will appreciate in value.
Metric – H: 25 W: 34 D: 12 centimetres
Imperial – H: 10 W: 13 D: 5 inches
(Height / Width / Depth)
As this sculpture is handmade the bronze colour may vary.
The beautiful bronze Playing Horse sculpture is a casting of an original sculpture. It is hand cast by a British foundry or resin caster and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. This casting is a perfect recreation of the original sculpture and bears the artist’s signature and its own unique edition number.
Foundry Bronze Edition: 25
Bronze Resin Edition: 225
The inspiration behind the sculpture
The Playing Horse sculpture was a private commission. My mother Lorne McKean is a sculptor and I apprenticed with her for seven years. Her specialism is polo sculpture and she has long experience in sculpting horses. She is now one of the premier equestrian sculptors in the country. I admire her patient attention to expression and energy, and I drew on her practised eye when I modelled the Playing Horse sculpture for this commission.
When I model animals I try where possible to find examples from life. Where I can I also use many photos – often hundreds – showing the animal (and other animals of the breed or species). This helps me sculpt their anatomical features and their different poses and attitudes.
How it was made
When I model animals I try where possible to find examples from life. I also use many photos – often hundreds – showing the animal (and other animals of the breed or species). This helps me sculpt their anatomical features. I study the way that hair, fur or skin lies over their muscles or alters their shape, and their different poses and attitudes.
The Playing Horse sculpture was modelled in wax, over a steel and aluminium armature for support. After the Playing Horse statue was finished 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.
“My mother absolutely loved her horse and it has pride of place (among her many sculptures!) by her bed. Thanks to you both for making her 78th birthday wonderful!”
“Words cannot describe my joy as [the Playing Horse] emerged from the packing! It is so much more beautiful than I remember. It has a lightness and freedom that is breathtaking.
The horse is on show in our dining room and I just like to stand and look at it. I am so happy to own it. Thank you for making such a wonderful object.”
Delivery & returns
Delivery costs are calculated once you add a sculpture to your bag. Contact us for other delivery options like collection or express delivery for bulky sculptures.
International delivery is available.
If you are an international buyer, you may need to pay local customs duties or taxes when importing a sculpture into your country. This most often applies to more valuable sculptures. Your local customs and taxes are not prepaid for you. If you contact us we can try to estimate them for you.
Sculpture that is broken in transit to you may be returned, and a replacement sculpture will be sent to you, at no further cost. If no replacement is available, we will cast a new one for you, or offer you a refund.
Commissioning a bespoke domestic animal sculpture
If you would like to commission a made-to-order domestic animal sculpture, or your own playing horse statue, first of all I recommend looking at the information about bespoke sculptures on my commissions page. In particular, this should help guide you on sizing and possibly pricing.
Afterwards, please contact me about your idea.