From a ca 1915 French wood carving.
from a building
In France
~ I present ~
Console or Corbel Nr 400
Cast by Randall

Randall is an art scholarship recipient of Iowa Central Community College.

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Photo of cast without a finish

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Photo of a cast with the Dirty Bronze finish installed as a modillion on my ceiling.

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Wall and table views
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SIZE: Nominal 17" high by 7-1/2" wide, 8" deep
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HISTORY of the design

This is a cast from a circa 1915 era French wood carving, while I normally no longer reproduce antiques pieces, I bought a pair of these a few years ago and wanted to make casts from them to have four plaster casts for my ceiling. Now that I had some materials left over to do so, I made the mold of this now so I can have my four casts. As I have the design available, I added this to my line of cast sculptures.

I have never seen corbels as carved as these, they could have been used around an interior doorway, on a fireplace, or as modillions in a series under a balcony. They are made of a softwood and extremely detailed carving all over. It was stated they came from France with a container of other antiques the store had purchased, and were thought to be "1800s," but in looking them over carefully I estimate they were made probably around 1910 to 1915, they are old, they just don't seem really old as the 1830's

They were primed with a red primer and painted and then a wipe on stain appeared to have been applied to give then a darker wood color. They had not been repainted later, which again suggests my dating of them to 1915 is closer to reality. The curvature of them is- no kidding- absolutely beyond question the most beautiful I've ever seen on one of these elements, just as pleasing to the eye as it gets.

The casts can be used in a variety of ways- hanging two different ways on the wall (large end up, or small end up) under a beam on the ceiling (requires special mounting provisions) as a table sculpture, in pairs under a small shelf, on either side of the inside of a wide open doorway and many other places.

Technically speaking, depending on how these were used and their position on a building, they have several names, some of them are;

Console- placed with the larger scroll up and the small one down as a keystone would have.
Corbel- This is somewhat of an incorrect commonly used term, as a corbel was generally used to support an arch or cornice.
Modillion- Placed with it's back facing up, as underneath a projecting cornice, with the large scroll facing the building wall, and the small scroll facing outward.
Bracket- More of a layman's term than a legitimate one, usually in pairs supporting a mantle or cornice, also a pediment, interchangeable with "console"

FINISHES AVAILABLE
I offer several different finishes. They vary from piece to piece, and actual colors displayed on your monitor will vary as well. The samples below display the more popular interior only finishes, as well as the hand-pressed kiln fired red terracotta which can be displayed either outdoors or indoors.

Note that the terracotta is ONLY available in brick red and ONLY on a limited selection- the designs in the TERRACOTTA category, not to be confused with the red terracotta FINISH! which is on cast-stone only.

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PRICES

Prices include shipping and are shown on each sculpture on the CART PAGES.

SHIPPING

The majority of my larger sculptures are shipped in custom built CDX plywood crates, smaller sculptures may ship double boxed instead of a crate. You will need a #2 square drive bit or large phillips driver to open the crate.

I use FEDEX ground service for all shipments in the lower 48 states. I do not ship outside the USA.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

My standard cast-stone is for INTERIOR OR UNDER A COVERED PORCH ONLY! Out in the garden they might last 4 or 5 years, maybe longer before showing weather damage.

If you are looking for something for the garden or to build into a wall, I offer a growing number of hand-pressed, kiln fired red terracotta works. for many reasons, concrete is no longer available.

All of my interior sculptures have a heavy wire embedded on the back to hang them on the wall.

DESIGNS by RANDALL

The clay models shown in my various work in progress photos are not molded off of existing antique pieces.
These hand sculpted models are created from scratch by Randall in water based clay, and typically take an average of 20-30 hours to set up, layout and sculpt each master model.
When the clay master models are finished, they are permanently captured with silicone mold compounds which can pick up even a fingerprint and faithfully transfer it to a cast made in it. From the molds, interior cast-stone as well as a growing number of kiln fired terracotta sculptures are made available for clients to purchase.

Existing savaged pieces are limited to what happens to be for sale at high prices, often damaged, rarely found in pairs and being typically large in scale (meant to be seen from the street from 5 floors below) they are difficult to display in today's smaller homes and apartments. Instead of making molds of these pieces, Randall creates new original models based on authentic 19th century and early 20th century Victorian, Art Deco and Louis Sullivan style architectural sculptures. While I do have a small number of older designs directly molded from antique pieces, these are being phased out over time as I create my own original models.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE:

Designs in the Collection are copyright, this includes reproductions of antique pieces upon which I made certain modifications, alterations or changes- the changes are copyright. I reserve the right to decline sales to anyone.

Original clay models by Randall (and casts made from them) all carry my impressed model numbers, paw-print logo, date of creation, signature casting number date are inscribed by hand on the back of every cast.

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QUESTION: Aren't these too heavy for my plasterboard wall Randall?

By no means! keep in mind- your walls weigh thousands of pounds and support the roof. HOWEVER- do not use plastic or self adhesive picture hangars of any kind, or try to simply put a screw into the thin sheetrock-these will not hold, and are not designed to.

Install your mounting hooks or other hangars into the solid wood STUD inside the wall, these are spaced 16" apart. You should use an anchor rated to hold at least twice the shipping weight of the sculpture.

To show what a sheetrock wall can hold, here is a photo of two shelves I installed on my bedroom wall for original sculptures that I couldn't mount any other way, the brackets are screwed into the wall studs with 3" screws. The weight for the stone and terra-cotta shown-the top shelf; 175# and 125# for the lower shelf- 300# total.

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