SCULPTURE SERVICES

 

USE OUR ARTISTIC SKILLS FOR YOUR SCULPTURE OR BUILDING 

Before moving into conservation, many of our team trained in fine art, sculpture or craft trades such as gilding. This means that we can undertake a wide variety of work of an artistic nature.

If a sculpture or features has been stolen or mislaid, we can provide hand drawings from photographs, or recreate sculptures starting with a small maquette.

We can take the project to fruition by casting or carving the lost item and hand-finishing. If replication of a special object is required, we can take moulds in-situ so that the original never has to be disturbed.

If you have BIG artistic ideas, we can help you manifest them with our skills and knowledge of how materials change and age. 

Our sculpture services include infilling and lettering, gilding, faux-finishing, marbling, drawing, sculpting, photography, carving and casting.

 

 THE HOUSHIARY CHRISTMAS TREE, TATE BRITAIN

Housiary Christmas Tree sculpture services

 

Sculptor Shirazeh Houshiary was invited to create the 1993 Tate Gallery Christmas Tree.

Houshiary was inspired by the natural qualities of the tree itself such as texture, colour, smell and shape.

In 2016, the tree was recreated with the help of Antique Bronze sculpture services team who gilded the roots for this highly popular exhibit. 

OUR SCULPTUR SERVICES TEAM ENABLES AN INCREDIBLE RECREATION

The Wilkingson Friezes For County Hall, London 

 

Over Christmas 2014 , two magnificent stone carvings were returned to County Hall, London.

These sculptural friezes were indelicately removed (stolen) during the 1980’s. They were meticulously researched and remade by Antique Bronze and the sculptural services team to adorn the fireplaces in the main entrance of County Hall once again. The image above is one of the only surviving images of the original frieze. 

Eager to resurrect the splendour of the Halls intricacy, County Hall Estate Management Ltd, the current managers of the building decided to have the missing statues remade. 

Every stage of the project was complex – just one of the early tasks was in sourcing enough clear images of the sculptures that needed to be replaced

This was an essential step in ensuring a faithful reproduction of the artist’s work. Just locating the images took a number of weeks. Initially, only one sculpture was known about and through our research, it came to light that two unique sculptures of the highest quality were originally there.

When we did find images, our hopes were dashed as they were blurry and of no use to us who need precise details to copy. Once we had found the best images to relate to, the next step was sourcing the correct stone to keep in line with the existing décor and original choices made.

After searching for a while we managed to source the very same ‘Hopton Wood’ stone which is very rare now in the scale that we required it. From the photographs, we initially made a small wax maquette before going onto sculpting both models first in clay. We then carved them by hand in stone before finally installing them which was a logistical feat in itself.

 

About The Original Artist

Alfred Henry Wilkinson was born in 1884 in Birmingham and whilst in his teenage years began an apprenticeship as a wood carver, attending his local art school. He then later moved to London, following his love for architectural designs, choosing to study at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. He subsequently went on to become a National Scholar at the National Art Training School (now known as the Royal College of Art) before attending the Royal Academy Schools winning his scholarship and numerous prizes.
His work within London’s County Hall occurred following a competition he won in 1921 which was held to offer the chance to design the ceremonial staircase within the Hall itself. The commission unfortunately was never carried out; however Wilkinson was still employed to create stone carvings for both the Belvedere Road and Westminster Bridge Road entrances to the County Hall. In addition he created the chimney piece located within the members lounge. Continuing with his amazing skill as a wood carver, several years later he was once again commissioned to undertake wood carving within the northern section of County Hall.
Although there is no exact date available, at some point towards the end of the last century, two of the stone carvings adorning the main entrance to the Hall were

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