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This is a very faithful representation of Achilles, produced during the Art Deco period from bronzed spelter metal. The figure has been cast in the round and is detailed from each visual angle with quality definition...
For those who have not seen `Troy' starring Brad Pit, please do not worry, I will not ruin the end of the film (smile) however to describe this piece also requires its meaning to be told...
Within Greek mythology, Achilles was a Greek heroic of the Trojan War, its central character and the greatest warrior and he was almost a demigod. He is most noted for his slaying of Hector, Prince of Troy and then his subsequent death when shot in his heel with an arrow by Paris... The Achilles Heel, is a term still used today in medical circles, and has come to mean a person's point of weakness, however, there is nothing `weak' about this wonderful sculpture. It has a beautiful `strength' wherever it is suitably displayed and it is a statement piece within an interior setting.
This portrayal of Achilles captures him recumbent and clasping onto the arrow which rendered him slain. It is a rendition which manages movement & contemplation using metal, and yet it also encompasses an Art Deco style which even to this day is an image that remains timeless.
Had this particular figure been cast from bronze (which it has been by artists) then it would command a minimum price of several thousands of dollars, and justifiably so too. Bronze, has always been high cost to produce, which is why even the most accomplished of sculpture artists, turned to spelter metal as a working alternative without compromise to the final results.
Items produced from `Spelter' gave the masses affordable access to purchase such items as desirable as this piece. Much the same as costume jewellery verses diamonds & pearls. Each and all belong in the world of antiques...
... Named artists of yesteryear understood the above. They adapted to produce items using less costly materials. They could not all be the likes of Faberge (for example) despite their working skills and their incredible designing minds... and neither were the purchasing public, without whom, their items would have been reserved for the minor few.
I am not speaking about modern-day resins or plastics here. This study of Achilles has been produced from quality metal, upon a base of granite hard stone, and although it is unsigned and the maker is unknown, it remains a quality vintage piece of decorative Art Deco Art... Please study my photographs for then I am sure that you will agree.
It is in good vintage condition with fine aged patina. There are no dents or splits to the metal and is a good example of its type.
Height: 6 inches Base: 7 x 4inches Postage weight: 2k
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