Everything You Need To Know About
As you already know, stone/marble and wood
sculptures are one of a kind and never reproduced. But
bronze, acrylic (Lucite) and certain mixed media sculptures
can be cast into an edition series. The reproductions are
created using a mold of the sculpture, (please reference lost
wax process) the mold is then filled, and each time it's used
you get a sculpture very much like the last. Most galleries
and museums, even in days gone by, consider an addition
of 12 bronzes to be an original. Meaning each one of
the 12 is an original piece. Anything beyond this is
considered to be an edition within a reproduction series.
Today with the advent of affordable reproduction
techniques you will see sculpture editions range from 20-250
pieces in a series. You will also see a sculpture available in
two and maybe three different sizes. The practice of sizing
different sculptures comes from the custom of artists
creating a life size sculpture and selling along with it a
maquet. A maquet is basically a design or study for the
larger piece which then is sold for much less money,
because it's quite smaller. This long-standing and much
accepted practice has been taken to extremes in today's
market, to such an extreme where you will see editions run
in 4, 5 or 6 different sizes with each size having it's own set
of numbered editions. The numbered editions for the
smaller sizes may run into the thousands.
You should have serious misgivings when you see
four or five different sized editions for a piece, I would say
the artist is definitely trying to make this sculpture a
commercial type product, but this is only a word of caution.
If you absolutely can't live without the sculpture get
the darn thing!