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The Art of Reproductions
HISTORY: The art of reproductions began in Imperial Rome, where bronze and marble reproductions of Greek masterpieces were used as ornaments in lavish Roman villas and gardens. The art of casting from molds is thousands of years old. Terracottas, bronzes and even ancient glass were cast from molds.
Fast-forward to the mid-18th century, and the search for new artistic styles based on the classics gave rise to Neoclassicism. With the discovery of Herculaneumin in 1738 and Pompeii in 1748, archaeological reproductions began appearing all over Europe.
When French expeditions to Egypt began yielding antiquities, a casting facility was set up right next to the Louvre, and many important archaeological pieces arriving from Egypt were reproduced. Following the Louvre's example, other leading museums in Europe began reproducing masterpieces from their own collections, starting a trend that continues to this day.
Bust of Cleopatra
E-100S, 11." tall. Actual image of one of the history's most fascinating women! Reproduced from the 35 B.C. original in the Altes Museum, Berlin.
E-005SPM, 13" tall. Gallery-quality, full color reproduction of a 1365 B.C. painted limestone bust discovered in 1912.
Nefertiti - Gallery Quality Bust
The reproductions offered on our site have been chosen from among masterpieces in the great museums of the world--The Louvre, the British Museum, the National Museum of Greece, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, to name a few. Others are reproduced from ancient ruins or artworks in churches.
Working to re-create these masterpieces down to the last detail, only materials and techniques that will achieve the best quality reproductions of the original works of art are used. Our sculptures are cast in a variety of mediums--bonded stone, cultured marble, polyresins, bronze, etc. Each reproduction is carefully hand-finished by a skilled artisan to be historically faithful to the original. It is our mission to make available to our customers the artistic legacy of those ancient civilizations with all their beauty and mystery.
SCULPTING -- Most of our items are original artworks created by our sculptors, carved out of clay, stone, or wood. Above, one of our sculptors carves our T-16 Degas Little Dancer using sculpting clay.
CASTING -- A slurry of crushed stone in a liquid resin medium is poured into a silicon mold where it solidifies into a hard stone that reproduces all the detail and texture of the original.
MOLDMAKING -- Once the original is carved, a mold is made, usually out of silicon. Below is a casting of the Egyptian Goddess Selket being taken from a silicon mold.
COLOR DETAILING -- All finishes are done by hand. Many finishes include color detailing, a labor intensive process where colors are applied with small brushes by our skilled artisans.