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Balthasar Keller

Belvedere Antinous at The Palace of Versailles statue

Belvedere Antinous at The Palace of Versailles statue

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This is a sculpture titled the Belvedere Antinous, a bronze statue made around 1684-1685 by Balthasar Keller ( 1638 - 1702), created from an original marble masterpiece. The Paris Musee Central des Arts in 1800 described the antique marble known as the Belvedere Antinous as ‘one of the most perfect statues that has come down to us from antiquity’. The statue had been ceded by treaty to the French in 1797 and arrived in Paris in 1798 in a triumphal procession. At the end of the Napoleonic Wars it was removed and arrived back in Rome in January 1816. Antinous was a name given to figures of male youths and as early as 1545 the statue was known by this title. It became one of the most famous sights to be seen in Rome and was often drawn by visiting artists. It was popular with both collectors and connoisseurs as well as with sculptors. Bernini, Duguesnoy and Poussin all studied it, as did Hogarth later in the 18th century who claimed that in regard to the utmost ‘beauty of proportion’ it ‘is allowed to be the most perfect..... of any of the antique statues’

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  • Creation of plastic sculptures:

To create a plastic sculpture reproduction, we use 3D printing technology. The first step is to print a plastic version of the original sculpture using a 3D printer. After 3D printing, we process the plastic sculpture by hand, which includes sanding, smoothing, filling any gaps or imperfections, and covering the sculptures with a special material to ensure durability for outdoor use. Our goal is to create a high-quality replica that faithfully reproduces the original sculpture. Once the plastic sculpture has been sanded and smoothed, we paint it by hand using high-quality paint in plaster, marble, bronze, and other colors to achieve a durable finish.

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Many reproductions are created using environmentally friendly materials such as marble, plaster, and bronze. These materials are used to create high-quality replicas that look and feel like the original sculpture. The process of creating a casting involves making a mold of the original sculpture and then pouring the chosen material into the mold. This process requires a lot of manual work to keep the shape accurate and without air bubbles.

After the material has hardened, we remove the mold and clean and finish the reproduction by hand. This process ensures that each sculpture is a high-quality copy of the original sculpture.

Creating reproductions of sculptures requires great skill and attention to detail. Regardless of whether we use 3D printing technology or traditional casting methods, our goal is always the same: to create a high-quality replica of the original sculpture that accurately reflects the artist's vision. With the use of environmentally friendly materials and an emphasis on manual work, we ensure that our reproductions are of the highest quality.

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Sculptures up to 18 inches in size take 2 to 3 weeks to produce. We do not have mass production, as each sculpture is handmade by our craftsmen, making each sculpture unique. Sculptures larger than 18 inches require different lead times, depending on the size and complexity of the sculpture and its coating. Our managers will let you know the lead time for custom orders.

Delivery takes on average 2 weeks from the time of shipment. Since we are located in Ukraine, delivery time depends on the recipient country. But usually it is not more than 3 weeks anywhere in the world.

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