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Abraham Lincoln bust sculpture by Gutzon Borglum

Made of bonded bronze
Finish: Hand-patinated to reflect the original finish.
Dimensions: Height 11 in., width 5 1/2 in., depth 6 in., including base.
Item No. S105
Period: 19th Century Art
This Item is an Identical Museum Reproduction


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Sculptor Gutzon Borglum (American, 1867-1941), a close friend of Auguste Rodin, is best known for his colossal sculptures at Mount Rushmore and his six-ton marble bust of President Abraham Lincoln, on display in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. In the collection of the New-York Historical Society is a bronze statuette of Lincoln that Borglum (who named his son Lincoln) made in 1912. It may have been a competition model for the statue of Lincoln for Cincinnati’s Lytle Park. Though Borglum was not awarded that commission, the statuette magnificently captures the distinctive features of the president’s face. The Metropolitan Museum’s sculptural reproduction program, arguably the finest in the world, has used laser-scanning technology to precisely reproduce the original in bonded bronze, and the model has then been patinated by hand by an artist. Reproduced in cooperation with the New-York Historical Society.

Made of bonded bronze (cold cast). "Cold-Cast" bronze (also referred to as "bonded bronze") is a product made from resin mixed/blended with 100% pure bronze powder to give it the appearance of the true bronze. It looks just as a "lost wax" bronze object does - both are bronzes. The cost for making a "lost wax" bronze statue is much greater than that of a "cold-cast" bronze statue. A sculpture made of "lost wax" bronze would be several times more expensive then made in cold cast bronze. Yet in either of the above materials, the casts (the final product made out of the mold) are made using the same rubber mold; which is taken from the original sculpture. Thus, the final result is exactly the same bronze sculpture, only made in a different bronze material. With the cold cast we still achieve the same bronze effect at much lower cost and thus is more affordable.
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