Custom Busts

Ancient Sculpture Gallery specializes in production of custom busts. Over the years we have created numerous busts of distinguished man and woman as well as famous historical figures. Our custom busts can be made in either bronze or marble. We can create a bust from your photograph or replicate for you a bust that you have seen in a museum. If you would like to commission a custom bust to decorate your home, let us know the material and size in which you would like to have it made and we will sculpt it for you. The few examples below of custom bronze and marble busts that we have created for our customers over the years, are testament of the quality you may expect in your own custom-made bust.

Custom marble bust of Benjamin Ward, New York City Police Commissioner (1984 – 1989)

Benjamin Ward was the first African-American police commissioner of New York City, who held the office from 1983-1989. The New York Police Department commissioned a white marble bust to be created in his honor and Ancient Sculpture Gallery is proud to have completed this historic artwork. Below is a picture of Benjamin Ward next to the final white marble bust sculpture. Per request, the white marble block used to create this carving has some veining.

Custom marble bust of Benjamin Ward Custom marble bust of Benjamin Ward

The bust was displayed at the opening of the Benjamin Ward Memorial Library at the Police Academy in Queens, New York on November 20, 2017, in the presence of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner James O’Neill, NYPD officers and city officials (source: nypdnews.com and NYPD).

The event was also featured at the Daily News with a photograph
The event was also featured at the Daily News with a photograph

The event was also featured at the Daily News with a photograph of Police Officer Khary Hoyle, grandson of Benjamin Ward, posing next to the bust of his grandfather.

Isabella II Queen of Spain (1833-1868)
custom marble bust

Isabella II Queen of Spain (1833-1868) custom marble bust

This is a custom-made reproduction of the bust of Veiled Queen of Spain Isabella II in solid white marble. Isabella II (1830 – 1904), also known as La de los Tristes Destinos (She of the Sad Destinies), was Queen of Spain from 1833 until 1868. The original (pictured on the left) is housed at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. We first sculpted the bust in clay and after the clay model was approved by the customer we then carved it out of solid white marble block in size 38" (96.5 cm) tall (pictured on the right).

CEO entrepreneur and Civil Engineer in Dubai
custom bronze bust from picture

CEO entrepreneur and Civil Engineer in Dubai custom bronze bust from picture

This is a life-size custom bronze bust from a picture, made with the traditional lost-wax method. After the clay model was approved by the customer, a mold was made, which was used in the process of creating the bronze casting. Per customer's requirement, the detail on the tie was retained in the bronze bust. Two copies were made for the customer. The second casting is lot less than the first one as the mold is already created, thus driving the overall average cost per bust down. Higher the number of requested bronze copies, results in lower overall average price per bust.

David Spong President of Boeing Aerospace Support
custom bronze bust

David Spong custom bronze bust

Creation of a custom bronze bust begins with sculpting of the face and the base in clay. Once the clay model is approved by the customer, a mold is made which will be used to cast lost-wax bronze casting. In the example below the customer requested his custom bronze bust to be without the glasses in the photograph. This particular bronze bust is a “head-neck-base” bust, which customers typically order in sizes around 12"-15" (30-38 cm) tall. A larger life-size “head-neck-shoulders-base” bust can be around 25"-30" (63-76 cm) tall, depending on how tall the customer choses the shoulder/upper body to be.

Aby J. Rosen, New York City real estate tycoon
custom marble bust

Aby J. Rosen custom marble bust

Aby Rosen is a New York City real estate tycoon, co-founder of RFR Holding that owns 71 properties in many United States cities and in Israel. His life-size bust was created out of white marble and rests on a marble block bearing an inscription with black engraved lettering in ancient Roman font. We created the bust from pictures provided and per customer’s instructions it depicts the subject without suit. The bust is of head-neck-shoulders-base type and is 25” tall. The bust was first sculpted in clay and after customer’s approval of the model we crafted it out of white marble.

L. Edwin Brown, American Culinary Federation executive
director custom marble bust

L. Edwin Brown custom marble bust

L. Edwin Brown was the first executive director of the American Culinary Federation (1980-1994). His bust was carved from a single block of marble and placed on a large square marble block which was custom engraved with black lettering. We can engrave custom marble busts with customs wording and in your choice of font and color. For more on your engraving options please visit see our Custom Engraving page.

Dan Sharrers custom bronze bust with black bronze
patina

Dan Sharrers custom bronze bust with black bronze

The custom bronze bust of Dan Sharrers was created from a single old photograph provided to us. The bust is life-size 25” (63.5 cm) tall in a standard “head-neck-shoulders-base” fashion. After the sculpting of the clay model a mold was made and from that mold the bronze casting were completed via the lost-wax method. Finally we gave the bust a black bronze patina, as desired by the customer.

Custom bust in white marble from old photograph of
African gentlemen

Custom bust in white marble from old photograph of African gentlemen

As in the previous example, we worked from a single photograph to create a marble bust of a gentleman from Africa, commissioned by his family who wanted to preserve his memory. We first sculpted the clay model and after final approval from the family we carved the marble bust from a single block of white marble.

Ben Gudelis, President for Fragrances International Inc
custom white marble bust

Ben Gudelis, President for Fragrances International Inc custom white marble bust

Ben Gudelis is Lithuanian American business entrepreneur and President for Fragrances International Inc. Sculpting of his custom bust in white marble was made from photographs. The clay model was sculpted first and after customer’s approval the white marble was completed. For more pictures showing the process of creation of his bust from start to finish please visit this link.

Wendy Rothman President of Wenroth Consulting,
custom marble bust

Wendy Rothman custom marble bust

Wendy Rothman is President of Wenroth Consulting, Psychology at Work, business entrepreneur and organizational psychologist. Her sons honored their mother with a special present, a commissioned custom-made marble bust of her. This life-size bust is 15" (38”) tall in a “head-neck-base” version.

Athena helmeted goddess keystone in black marble

Athena helmeted goddess keystone in black marble

Customer requested custom keystone made in black marble, a replica of an existing one from picture. This architectural element was installed in the customer’s newly build house, along with few other custom-made marble and bronze sculptures and reliefs that the customer also ordered.

Head of Hephaestion (4th century BC) Getty Museum
custom white marble recreation

Head of Hephaestion custom white marble recreation

Our reproduction-restoration of the damaged head of Hephaestion from the Getty Museum was carved from a marble block and placed on square marble base. Hephaestion was the closest and most trusted general of Alexander the Great. We have restored the broken nose and all the chips on the face and hair, giving life to Hephaestion. This is how the sculpture looked like when the ancient sculptor completed it more than 2,300 years ago.

Apis and Isis double herm from Vatican Museum
custom black marble recreation

Apis and Isis double herm from Vatican Museum custom black marble recreation

The ancient black marble double herm sculpture of Apis and Isis was found by the Jesuits under Benedict XIV in the "Canopus" of Hadrian’s Villa together with five other Egyptian statues. It is now at the Gregoriano Egizio Museum in Vatican. We sculpted a reproduction of this museum original also in black marble. Per customer’s instructions this custom-made sculpture is 15” (38 cm) tall.

Pericles and Ajax busts
reduction in bronze

Pericles and Ajax busts reduction in bronze

The original busts Pericles and Ajax in the museums are made of marble and are life-size. These two busts of Pericles and Ajax are our reductions of the museum originals which we created in lost-wax bronze for a customer in Australia. The reproductions were first sculpted in clay in a reduced size but proportionate to the originals and later cast in bronze.

Demosthenes of Athens 4th cent. BC (Louvre Museum)
recreation of an ancient Greek bust in marble

Demosthenes BC recreation of an ancient Greek bust in marble

Customer in Brazil requested a marble reproduction of an ancient bust of the Athenian statesman Demosthenes, which is housed at the Louvre Museum in Paris. We first sculpted the bust in clay and after customer’s approval we made it in white marble in the size desired by the customer.

Custom bust in white marble from photographs

Custom bust in white marble from photographs

Here is another example of creating a custom bust from a photo. After the customer gave us his final approval of the clay model that we sculpted, the white marble bust was carved out a single block of marble, professionally packaged and shipped.

Custom marble bust of an American WWII veteran

Custom marble bust of an American WWII veteran

This custom bust in white marble was created from a World War II photograph. The son of this American veteran ordered the bust to be 19” (48 cm) tall, roughly half the life-size. After customer’s approval of the sculpted clay model, the sculpture was carved out of single white marble block, and then shipped to the customer.

Custom bronze bust of an American WWII soldier from photographs and a custom-made solid marble pedestal

Custom bronze bust of an American WWII soldier from photographs

A grandson of an American soldier that fought in World War II commissioned a bronze bust of his grandfather. Customer provided multiple photographs and asked for a specific facial expression, clothing, and netted helmet to depict his ancestor. Customer also requested that the life-size bronze bust be accompanied with a custom-made marble pedestal. We suggested that our Rectangular Panel Pedestal 30" Item No. F452 be used for the design of a Custom Marble pedestal. In the end the life-size bronze bust was placed atop a 22" wide x 18" deep x 43" tall pedestal that was custom made out of single white marble block.



Your Custom Bust Options

If you are interested to have a custom made bust of yourself, someone you know, or a historical figure from the museum, send us a request and we will provide you a free quote. Let us know the specifications for your bust. We will work with you every step of the way in crafting your sculpture. Here are your options:

Material

You can choose between bronze or marble. The bronze we use is 100% real bronze and the casting process is the traditional lost-wax method, the same method used by sculptors from ancient times to today. If you prefer marble, you will have option to different marble colors. The most popular marble colors are white and black, but also available are yellow (ochre), grey, red, and green marble.Weight concerning, consider that a bronze bust is lighter than a marble one. The bronze castings are hollow (as all lost wax ancient and modern bronze sculptures are), while the marble busts are carved out of single blocks of solid marble.

Size

Life-size is most commonly requested by our customers. And here you can choose 2 life-size options:

- head-neck-base, about 15" (38cm) tall or
- head-neck-shoulders-base, about 25" (63.5 cm) tall

Time

Typically, it takes about 2-3 months for completion of your custom bust. Expediting is possible at additional cost, conditional to our current workload.

Marble Pedestal Bases

Another option we offer are our stocked and custom order marble pedestals for display of your bust. Here are some of our stocked marble pedestals for busts, which typically come in sizes 30”, 40” or 43.5” tall:

Marble Pedestal Bases

To view and order our stocked marble pedestals please click here. If you like a custom marble pedestal, please send us your size requirements and let us know the desired shape.

For more information on our custom marble sculptures please visit this link.
For more information on our custom bronze sculptures please visit this link.

Custom Busts