End of the Trail Solid Bronze Sculpture Statue by James Earl
Fraser Jumbo Size 32"H
Made in USA - Shipping included
This piece by James Fraser was first shown at the
Pan-Pacific Exposition in 1915. A powerful and beautiful work of art that will
enhance any space, this stunning bronze was created in the lost wax bronze
casting process and hand finished. Mounted on a gorgeous solid marble base and
with a Certificate of Authenticity, each one is one of a kind and 100% bronze. 32"x33"
This Fraser edition has outstanding detail. Artistic Solutions shipping quote
is for the contiguous USA only. Note: This item is made to order. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.
American versus Imported Bronze
United States we have a minimum standard for bronze of at least 90%
copper. There are even name-brand bronze
metals such as Everdur used for very high-end sculpture that is 98%
copper. Most imported bronze sculptures are
55% copper or less. The uninformed might
say, "so what." So let's
explore why this semi-precious metal is so important to bronze sculpture.
foremost, it is the copper content in bronze that gives it its resistance to
corrosion. This is extremely important
especially if the sculpture will be displayed outdoors or in a humid
environment. The metal develops this white flaky corrosive
material on the surface that resembles the corrosion on an old car
battery. Also, rust spots can develop
which is an indication of iron compounds in the metal. This is not good and a sign that the
sculptures may eventually break down.
content in bronze is also what allows bronze to develop a patina or color. In its raw state, bronze is gold in color. Imported bronze is actually silver in
color. When the sculpture is cast and
assembled, the artist colorizes the bronze by reheating it and applying
chemicals that react with the copper in the bronze and literally changes the
surface color of the bronze. Different chemicals result in different
colors. The most common patina is
achieved with liver of sulfur that results in a brown patina.
sculptures, the patination process is done by hand by skilled artist that have
a lot of experience with patina chemicals and how to achieve the best
effect. However, on many imported
bronzes they cut corners on this process by reheating the bronze sculpture and
dipping it into the patina solution.
This results in a uniform, lifeless coloration.
bronze is so low in copper content, it does not accept a patina the same way. Instead of a rich dark color you will often
get a light faded color. As a result,
many of their foundries apply chemical dyes to the surface of the bronze to
give it the desired color. That is not a
permanent patina and will fade and come off over time leaving the original
bronze sculptures are coated with a clear coat lacquer to preserve the
finish. However, any lacquer, regardless
of the quality, will eventually begin to crack and peel. Once this happens, you will be faced with a
very difficult decision to live with it or make the investment in removing the
old lacquer and applying new. A quality
bronze sculpture should not need a lacquer finish.
should avoid imported bronze statues because of the art itself. There are reproductions of Frederic
Remington's work that barely even resemble the original sculptures. That's probably because the reproductions
are made from photographs rather than having the original sculpture to work
from. Also, to be competitive on price
they often take shortcuts in the details.
foundries employ their own in-house artists to create new sculptures. These people are paid slave wages with little
or no concern for workplace safety. I
have seen pictures from the foundries with people with bare feet and no
protective clothing. This is an
industrial environment with extremely heavy machinery and molten bronze metal
in use. This would be unimaginable in
the United States. Moreover they are not
allowed to sign their work or take credit for their creations. That's why they arrive in this country with
no name at all or a fictitious Americanized name.
significant problem with imported sculpture is that their Picture of a
reproduction of Frederic Remington's Bronco Buster imported from Asia
there been many instances where Asian artists have copied the work of
(usually American artists) that is still protected by copyright. This can cause significant legal problems for
conclusion, let me just say that people do buy and enjoy imported statues and
sculptures all the time. There are a lot
of nice designs (especially in the larger outdoor sculptures and statues) and
the prices are affordable. However, one
needs to proceed with caution and make sure you are not buying something that
is complete junk.