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Victorian cherub Nr.295 Randalls Urban Sculptures

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Seller: urbansculptures (831) 100%, Location: Iowa, Ships to: US, Item: 272268638091 Inspired by a circa 1895 panel once on a demolished tenement facade... New York City ~ I present ~ Cherub fragment Nr 295 Randall is an art scholarship recipient of Iowa Central Community College.Note to the wise: all of my sculptures are custom cast and finished, very few are kept "in stock." BELOW: The same sculpture in all three standard interior finishes, from left to right they are: Buff Yellow, Red Terra Cotta and Old Limestone Grey: Please read the entire auction page, it contains details on finishes, shipping and many answers to the more common questions people have Hand cast replicas of my sculpture available in interior cast-stone in your choice of several finishes. HISTORY History of the piece in my personal collection and commentary on these historic works in general This center section of a three-piece panel came from 296 Broome St and was used for the mold. The original was probably made by the major company that supplied much of these to architects in New York City- The Atlantic Terra Cotta Co on Staten Island. It was hand pressed clay, fired in a huge kiln heated by dirty coal, it was then transported to the building by ship up the Hudson River from the factory, and then completed its voyage on the back of a wagon pulled by horses. Once installed, he looked down on the street for decades, dirty coal soot from coal burning back then quickly permanently stained building facades, especially the unglazed terra cotta like this. By around the 1910s these tenement buildings were no longer built, and with their demise also went a considerable amount of these keystones and other Victorian era ornaments that were designed to decorate these small buildings. Soon, with architects like Sullivan, Wright and others came the more streamlined facades, the Art Deco period, taller, wider and having only accents here and there on the facade, and finally the entire architectural terra cotta industry as it existed- over 100 companies built up solely around the concept of decorating building facades- were largely gone and defunct by WWll SIZE: Nominal 10-1/2" high and wide. General information applicable to all of my sculpturesPLEASE READ BEFORE EMAILING! My standard cast-stone is for INTERIOR OR UNDER A COVERED PORCH/SUN ROOM ONLY! Out in the garden they might last 4 or 5 years, maybe longer before showing weathering damage. If you are looking for something to place in the garden or build into a wall, I offer concrete as a special order item which takes approx 3 weeks. Not all pieces are available in concrete, inquire before ordering.All of my sculptures except the bookends have a heavy wire embedded on the back to hang them on the wall. I own the originals, copyrights in most cases, and the molds, I can produce any quantity and custom configurations as well. All of my sculptures are personally hand-cast in my home studio, they are signed, numbered and dated. These are cast and finished to order at the time of purchase.I do NOT ship outside the lower 48 United States any longer! FINISHES AVAILABLE Hand cast replicas of my sculpture are available in interior cast-stone in your choice of several finishes. I offer 8 different finishes, (5 are shown below) on certain pieces- 2 metallics are standard. They vary from piece to piece as this is all hand done. Actual colors displayed on your monitor will vary as well. From left to right in the photo of 5 finishes below they are; Old Dirty Bronze (metallic) Dark gold aged weathered look Old Dirty Nickel (metallic) Dark silvery aged weathered look Dirty limestone grey- varies from near black to very light grey. Buff yellow. Red terra cotta.TaupeBright gold (metallic) Shiney bright gold Old Dirty Copper (metallic) Dark Reddish aged weathered look SHIPPING I use FedEx ground service for all shipments in the lower 48 states. I do NOT ship out of the USA. DISPLAYQUESTION: Aren't these too heavy for my plasterboard wall Randall?By no means! keep in mind- your walls weigh thousands of pounds and support the roof, they are built to support weight.HOWEVER- do not use plastic or self adhesive picture hangars of any kind, or try to simply put a screw into the thin sheetrock- these will not hold and are not designed to. The key is to install your mounting hooks or other hangars into the solid wood STUD inside the wall, these are typically spaced 16" center to center around the room. You should use an anchor rated to hold at least twice the shipping weight of the sculpture. To show proof of what a sheetrock wall can hold, here is a photo of two shelves I installed on my bedroom wall for original sculptures that I couldn't mount any other way, the brackets are screwed into the wall studs with 3" screws and there are two heavy angle irons 5/16" thick steel behind the shelves that are invisible.Total weight for the stone and terra-cotta shown- the top shelf is 175# and 125# for the lower shelf- 300# total; Here is one more photo, three of my casts shown mounted on another wall in the bedroom- Art Deco D3, Nr 649 Pan center, and Nr. 120 "Elizabeth" panel- these are likewise installed with hangars screwed into the solid wood STUDS on the sheetrock wall- 150# approximately; Another wall in the bedroom, the green copper cornice and the round lion on the left are antique salvage, the others are casts of my own sculptures. The D4 panel can be seen on the right in the bright gold finish over the head-board. NOTICE:Designs in the Urban Sculptures Collection are copyrighted with all rights reserved, this includes reproductions of antique pieces upon which I made certain modifications, alterations or changes- the changes are copyright and reproduction of same would constitute copyright infringement. I do not sell molds, nor casts for others to replicate and will enforce my proprietary rights. I reserve the right to decline sales to anyone. Original clay models by Randall (and casts made from them) all carry my impressed model numbers, dog paw-print logo, date of creation and signature on one of the sides similar to the photo below of the top of D4. Additionally; the casting number and casting date are inscribed by hand on the back of every cast. Randall featured in the New York TimesSunday May 20th, 2007 City section Pg CY9 Article from the Blanden memorial Fine Art Museum magazine, and a newspaper article in part about my exhibition there; My side of the story about the ONE neutral I rec'd after almost 18 years on Ebay and 818 POSITIVE feedbacks: I put up some brand new casters I wasn't going to use that came with new metal shelving I bought, I wasn't sure anyone would even buy them, so I put them up for $19 with free shipping, going by the $7 "small flat rate" box at the Post Office. As it turned out, one guy bought a set and it turned out the 4 casters wouldn't fit the small $7 box without jamming them in with no packing, as they were thin cardboard it was clear they would break through, so I wound up having to ship that first set in a "medium flat rate" box which cost $13.60. Keeping in mind I had a $19 price on them, after the Paypal fees, Ebay fees, printing the label out, driving to the Post Office to mail the box and my time I lost money on that.So I revised the listing to offer TWO sets for $38 and free shipping, they would fit that medium box and cost me $13.60 to mail- a more reasonable amount.Somehow, the FIRST listing for one $19 set was relisted and I didn't see that until this other guy bought it, realizing there was an error I messaged the buyer the below, and immediately refunded his money and cancelled the transaction.No response or anything from him, except for this "neutral" shown below a week later! Somehow I'm a "whiney" seller because of an error, and not wanting to mail something out that cost me more to sell and ship than the purchase price!After this experience I decided to throw away the four sets of casters I had and not bother with this non sculptural junk I should have thrown away to begin with, but I figured someone could use them and it was a shame to throw away brand new casters because I didn't need them.I had TWO sellers cancel orders on ME recently, so what? I was immediately refunded, life goes on, I didn't waste my time leaving a silly neutral feedback and rude comments, I bought elsewhere! Since Feedback only allows a lousy 48 char reply to feedback, the only way to defend myself properly and back it up with proof is this way with full details! Randall, Owner and webmaster of Randall's Urban Sculptures web gallery, and sculpture studio. A historical photo essay of lost buildings from NYC's architectural history. All photos and accompanying text are (C) Randall's Urban Sculptures, all rights reserved. Material: Interior cast stone, Style: victorian

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