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Custom Marble Sculptures

Ancient Sculpture Gallery specializes in creating custom sculptures and busts in marble. We can create from scratch a marble reproduction of your favorite museum sculpture, or a marble bust of yourself or somebody you love. We frequently have requests from our customers for custom marble portraits or sculptures. If there is a custom marble sculpture that you would like to commission, please send us pictures or links and we will provide you with a free quote of how long it will take a how much it will cost. Payment is required in order to start the process of creating a marble sculpture. We work directly on the marble block in creating a custom marble sculpture. It typically takes 1-3 months for completion and delivery of a custom marble, and in case of very complex sculptures it may take more time. We will be able to give you more details once we see your request. We will keep you informed with multiple sets of pictures as we sculpt your artwork. Here are few examples of custom marble works we have created for our customers over the years:

Athena Minerva Giustiniani museum statue custom marble reproduction

Athena was an ancient Greek goddess of war. Her Roman equivalent was Minerva. Athena Giustiniani or Giustiniani Minerva is a famous Roman marble copy of an older Greek statue of Pallas Athena of the late 5th-early 4th century BC, now in the Vatican Museums. Customer wanted a Custom Marble reproduction of the original museum Athena Minerva Giustiniani statue. The below sequence of images shows the original museum statue of Athena and the process of recreating its reproduction in white marble:

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“Athena Giustiniani” by Tetraktys licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license
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Sculpting of clay model in proportion to the museum original
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Completed Athena Minerva Giustiniani marble sculpture

Persephone (Isis), Cerberus, and Pluto (Serapis) custom marble statues

Customer wanted reproduction made of the ancient Roman statues of Persephone (as Isis), Cerberus, and Pluto (as Serapis), now at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion in Crete. These gods were worshiped in the Hellenistic period and onward into Roman time. Pluto/Serapis has the modes on his head, a utensil used for the measurement of grain. Persephone/Isis with covered head, bears her symbols at the forehead (the crescent moon, the solar disk and the snake (uraeus). She is depicted holding in her right hand the sistrum, an Egyptian musical instrument. The inclusion of Cerberus, guard of the underworld, in the group defines the two deities, despite their Egyptian symbols, as Pluto and Persephone, gods of the underworld. The group is a typical example of syncretism during Hellenistic and Roman times. We recreated the statues in 14' tall height in white marble, and then gave it an ancient patina.

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Ancient Roman statues of Persephone (Isis), Cerberus, and Pluto (Serapis) at the Archaeological Musemu of Heraklion in crete
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Custom carved reproductions in white marble of the group of statues of Persephone (Isis), Cerberus, and Pluto (Serapis)
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Ancient patina applied to the custom marble statues to resemble the museum originals. The middle bust is a replica of the famous Veiled Maiden by Raphael Monti carved of white marble.

Nike of Samothrace reduction from the original custom marble reproduction

The famous Winged Nike of Samothrace statue is a showpiece of the Louvre Museum in Paris. The Nike of Samothrace, also called the Victory of Samothrace, is a marble Hellenistic sculpture of the goddess of victory that was created in about the 2nd century BC. Since 1884, it has been prominently displayed at the Louvre and is one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world. The sculpture is one of a small number of major Hellenistic statues surviving in the original, rather than Roman copies. The original is 2.2 meters tall and we had a request from our customer to sculpt it in 1.8 meters tall size.

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Font view of the original and custom replica marble statues of John Howard
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Side view of the original and custom replica marble statues of John Howard

Shepherd Boy by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1768-1844) custom marble relief sculpture

Bertel Thorvaldsen sculpted his marble sculpture “Shepherd Boy” in 1822-1825. It is 58.25” tall (148 cm) and today resides at the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. It recalls a parallel between the famous ancient sculpture of the Sleeping Faun in Munich, and the mythological shepherd boy Ganymede. We carved this sculpture out of single block of white marble in a reduced size 18” tall (45.7 cm).

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Fisher Boy by Hiram Powers (1805-1873) custom marble statue

Hiram Powers (1805-1873) was a American neoclassical sculptor and one of the first 19th-century American artists to gain an international reputation. His “Fisher Boy” was carved in 1857 in Florence, Italy and was also referred to as “a kind of Appollino” after the god Apollo. The original statue is 57.5” tall (146 cm) and we were asked to crate a reduction of it in size 18” tall (45.7 cm).

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Side view of the original and custom replica marble statues of John Howard

Night by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1768-1844) custom marble relief reproduction

The famous Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen created his classically inspired marble reliefs “Night” and “Day” in 1815 and 1816. He spent 40 years of his life in Italy and was greatly influenced by the ancient sculptures he saw in Rome. Our customer wanted this relief custom made on a rectangular marble block with raided border and we sculpt it in the requested size 40” x 24” (101.6 cm x 61 cm)

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Modern Sculpture of a Drain

We can create any other custom shapes according to your specifications. Here is a modern sculpture of a drain and our completed reproduction in cast stone with marble finish. The original metal sculpture is pictured to the left while our custom sculpted reproductions in yellow and red marble patinas are on the right.

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Side view of the original and custom replica marble statues of John Howard

Family Crest Symbols and Coat of Arms marble relief sculpture reproductions

A coat of arms is a heraldic visual design on an escutcheon (i.e., shield), surcoat, or tabard. The coat of arms on an escutcheon forms the central element of the full heraldic achievement which in its whole consists of: shield, supporters, crest, and motto. A coat of arms is traditionally unique to an individual person, family, state, organization or corporation. Here are two examples of custom reproductions we have completed of marble family crests from pictures provided by customers. In the second example, since the customer’s picture was incomplete, we fist drew the missing parts of the marble crest. After approval from the customer the final marble family crest reproduction was sculpted. If you would like to have your family crest or country coat of arms carved in marble, feel free to contact us.

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Marcus Aurelius Roman bust identical museum reproduction

Custom Marble Busts from Photographs

The below pictures show two example custom busts that we have sculpted out of white marble blocks. All we need are photographs to create your custom marble bust in your choice of marble color. A clay model is sculpted first and then after customer approved it the final creation of the same in white marble is completed. To see more examples of custom marble works please visit our custom busts page where several custom marble busts are displayed.

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Marcus Aurelius Roman bust identical museum reproduction

Custom Marble Fireplace Mantels

We can create out of marble custom fireplace mantels in your choice of design and color. The picture below is an example of one such commission. If you have an vision for you custom marble mantel just send us your dimensions, drawings or pictures and we can sculpt it for you. It can be your unique design blending classical and/or modern parallels, or a replica of an existing mantel from one of the many European castles.

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Custom Marble Pedestals and Columns

If you would like a custom-made pedestal for your home or garden statue made in solid marble, you may let us know how you would like it to look like and in what size. The example below is a replica of our Rectangular Panel Pedestal Item No. F452, custom made from white marble in the specific size requested by our customer.

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Your Choices of Marble for Your Custom Sculpture

You have several different marble color choices for your sculpture and you can choose from these most popular marble colors: White Marble, Yellow Marble, or Black Marble. Below are several examples for each one of these options. Just let us know which type of marble you prefer and we will create your custom sculpture in the color of your choice.

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White marble example
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Yellow marble example
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Black marble example

If you have a custom marble sculpture project feel free to ask any questions you may have. We will be happy to present you with a free quote of how much it would cost to make your custom marble sculpture.

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