This is so very Charles Bragg! Even an attorney won't be able to help but smile! This solid bronze is mounted on a marble base. This sculpture was issued at $4500.00. I purchased four, and was given a great price, enabling me to sell this at a ridiculously low price. It is in Excellent Condition, with no damage or repairs. It measures Approximately 8-1/2" x 7" x 5". Signed in the cast. Numbered 23 of 99. The original mold was destroyed.
Charles Bragg was born in Missouri, raised in New York and now lives and works in California. He has received world-wide recognition for his satirical studies of mankind. He has been commissioned to do work for Playboy, Mother Jones and the New York Times, and has been the subject of a PBS Special: Charles Bragg -- One of a Kind. He has won numerous international awards and his work is in the permanent collection of museums around the world including the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Gallery of Modern Art in Milan, Joseph Hirshhorn Collection, and many others.
The following is the step by step process of the "Lost Wax Casting" method.
STEP 1 Making the Mold From An Original Work of Art: This step is by far the most critical. All the detail which appears on the original sculpture must be captured in this mold.
STEP 2 Making the Wax Casting: Molten wax is poured into the mold to form layers of wax. This wax model is an exact duplicate of the original casting.
STEP 3 Chasing the Wax: The wax is pulled from the mold and hand chased (re-detailed) .
STEP 4 Spruing: Wax rods (gates) and pouring cup are attached to the wax casting in just the right positions. This will assure a full pour.
STEP 5 Casting the Ceramic Mold (Investment Casting): In a temperature controlled climate of 72' Fahrenheit, the wax casting is dipped into Investment liquid several times. On the first dip a fine powder is applied. On the next dip a course ceramic sand will be applied. This step is repeated several times, each increasing the coarseness of the material to create the ceramic mold.
STEP 6 Burn-Out: The ceramic shell is placed in a kiln and fired. The shell bakes and the wax is melted (lost) from the shell. This creates a hollow ceramic shell mold. Thus the term "Lost Wax".
STEP 7 Casting: The ceramic shell (mold) is removed from the kiln and immediately the molten bronze is poured into the shell. At the time of pouring, the bronze is 2100' Fahrenheit.
STEP 8 Break-Out: After the casting has cooled several hours, the shell is carefully broken away leaving the unfinished bronze.
STEP 9 Sandblasting: Any fragments of the ceramic shell are removed by sandblasting. The sculpture is also carefully inspected at this point.
STEP 10 Assembly: At this time all the pieces of the sculpture are welded together.
STEP 11 Chasing: All the weld marks are chased and re-detailed.
STEP 12 Glass Beading: This is similar to sandblasting, the glass is extremely fine to ensure an even bronze finish.
STEP 13 Polish: The raw bronze sculpture is now hand polished in preparation for the patina.
STEP 14 Patina: The bronze is first heated. The patina chemical is hand applied.
STEP 15 Waxing: The wax is hand applied with heat to ensure a beautiful lustrous patina.
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