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 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:
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.
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.
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).
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)
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.
If you a have a good quality 3D model of an object, we can recreate it for you in marble. Customer requested a marble sculpture of family crest from a 3D model file that had already been created. This task was successfully completed and in addition we also had an oil painting custom made of the same family crest per customer’s request. For more on our custom oil painting please visit this link.
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.
These two custom busts of a husband and wife are particularly unique and different. Their cube bases are purposely made hollow for future placement of final ashes or small contents valuable to the owners, functioning as urn. The top portion of the bust can be lifted, revealing the opening of the base below. When the contents are placed inside, the base can be closed by covering it with the bust above. We engraved the two busts with custom text as requested by the customer.
This custom marble bust was sculpted from only one picture. The customer only had a picture of single oil painting from the 18th century. Usually, customers can provide multiple pictures when they request custom bust, however, this case was unique since there was in existence only one oil painting that the customer could provide. Nonetheless we were able to capture the likeness of the gentlemen in the painting and the result is a success.
Customer desired to create a custom bust of his grandfather and specifically requested it to be carved out of beige marble. The bust is life-size and the old man is depicted in his shirt and suspenders, just like in the provided pictures. In addition, the glasses are also retained along with the facial expression.
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.
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.
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.
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.