Inspired by a monumental concrete frieze
on the historic..
Folies Bergere Theater...
Paris France,
~ I present ~
Art Deco Panel Nr D4
Modelled by Randall

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

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Cast in the bright gold finish. July 2007.

Below are some studio photos of my orginal clay model during it's various creation and finishing stages. These clay models are NOT molded copies taken off antiques, but were hand sculpted by Randall in the same style and configurations as 19th century and Art Deco architectural sculptures.
Molds made of my clay models enable clients to purchase cast-stone or concrete casts of my models for wall decoration, garden or incorporating into a brick wall in new construction in a variety of finishes.
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The original clay model

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SIZE: Nominal 23" high by 25" wide
WEIGHT:40#.
HISTORY of the design

Fans of Art Deco may have seen the monumental sized sculpture on the facade of the Folies Bergere in Paris France from 1925 by Maurice Picaud (Pico) there are also some carved wood smaller versions of this in the lobby. The wood carvings differ slightly from the exterior sculpture, and from one another. Folies Bergere was a very ornate lavishly decorated opera house originally and is a live theater today.

Pronunciation; faw-lee ber-zher Around 1920, a number of plaster casts were made from one of the wood lobby panels in the Folies Bergere and made available to patrons of the theater. Typically when they are found in antique stores, they were painted with a silver-nickel or a gold colored paint and set in a wood frame 26" square. These antique casts have appeared on the antiques market selling for very high prices, here is a screen shot of an ad for one at the insane price of $5,040 - imagine that- for a PLASTER plaque!

Obviously $5,040 is a bit much for the average homeowner to spend on wall decoration, my version of the Folies Bergere panel is aprox 23" square and quite a bit more affordable. As a sculptor who specializes in these works I create pieces that will complement your home, garden, or business.

A client commissioned me to create this Art Deco model for their fireplace, and now you can own a cast-stone version of my clay model for your home.

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The first interior cast-stone panel.
This has a tint base for the metallic bright gold finish.

Some photos of various finishes on this;

Bright silver;

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Old dirty nickel;

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Dirty copper on the left, dirty bronze on the right

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Now if you really want to see what a client named Larry did with his panel in a home theater installation, check out his photos at the bottom of this page;

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.

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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 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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