SHORTHORN CALF SCULPTURE
Windowsill-sized ‘Shorthorn Calf’ sculpture by Tanya Russell MRBS – a bronze Shorthorn Calf statue and calf 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: 13 W: 17 D: 9 centimetres
Imperial – H: 5 W: 7 D: 4 inches
(Height / Width / Depth)
As this sculpture is handmade the bronze colour may vary.
The beautiful bronze Shorthorn Calf 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: Open (Unlimited)
Bronze Resin Edition: Open (Unlimited)
The inspiration behind the sculpture
The Shorthorn Calf sculpture was made as model for a commissioner, The Calf Club in Hemyock, Devon (UK), who are seeking to celebrate their centenary, by commissioning me to do a life-sized version of this calf in 2021.
In 1921 19 teenagers joined a club that changed the face of farming in Britain. Not only did they help revolutionise milk production, the little Hemyock Calf Club also inspired the spread of young farmers clubs across Britain and abroad. Today there are nearly 600 clubs in England and Wales with 22,000 members, an achievement the Club is seeking to celebrate by commissioning me to do a life-sized calf based on this smaller sculpture!
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 Shorthorn Calf sculpture was modelled in wax, over a steel and aluminium armature for support. After the Shorthorn Calf 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.
[Of the Shorthorn Calf and the Pig Family] “I have received the sculptures and they are simply gorgeous! They are a graduation gift for my daughter who just completed her bio resource engineering degree”
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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 shorthorn calf 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.