Inspired by a terracotta spandrel panel
from historic..
Union Pressed Brico Co...
San Francisco,
~ I present ~
Sarah Bernhardt Nr
Cast by Randall

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

The Red TerraCotta finish

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The Buff Yellow finish

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Original ca. 1893 terracotta panel

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SIZE: Nominal 24" high, 16" wide
WEIGHT:around 30#.

HISTORY

The panel measures 16x24x4″ and is made from red clay mined in Valejo where the Union Pressed Brick Co., factory had their brick production plant. The company history was interesting to read about, the founders happened to notice some high quality red clay by 5th street and Solano Ave in Valejo. One thing led to another and in 1889 they acquired 35 acres there and broke ground to build the new brick plant. They began producing machine pressed brick of the highest quality, winning awards as well. They produced 8,000 bricks a day and the 40 workers hired in 1889 soared to 160 in 1893. They also began making architectural elements, brackets and other decorative units, but also a series of panels depicting well known and famous people of the era. This panel is said to closely resemble a picture of Sarah Bernhardt, it certainly does bear a strong likeness of this exact picture from the August 28, 1891, Times:

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Sarah Bernhardt, 1891

By 1894 the workforce was reduced to 40 and in january 1895 the manager vanished with some of the company funds as his creditors were after him, some workers were not paid, and in April 1896 they shut down after filing for a dissolution. Competitor Gladding McBean purchased the brick property for $10, they moved the equipment to their Lincoln plant and 40 workers lost their jobs. The kilns and all the buildings on the site were eventually demolished and the land cleared for what looks like a mostly parking and industrial area today.

While I have not made molds of antique pieces for a number of years in favor of making my own original models, due to the cost of this artifact I will make a mold of it to recoup that. I’d really like to make these in hand pressed terracotta and by happy coincidence it’s size will perfectly fit in my present kiln. One unique aspect of this piece is the fact that the maker’s name is actually stamped into the clay, of all the artifacts I salvaged in NYC not one of them had any form of identification on them.

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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DISPLAYING

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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