CARL WAGNER BRONZE ANTIQUE MUGS - Grand Slam Ram Collection
(4) Rare Limited Edition Bronze Mugs made by artist Carl Wagner in 1978.
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Grand Slam Ram Collection -
(1) Mountain Bighorn Mug
(1) Dall Ram Mug
(1) Stone Ram Mug
(1) Desert Big Horn Mug
Each one is signed by artist Carl Wagner and is stamped 4/1000. With original tags. These art pieces are made of silicon bronze (95% copper, 4% silicon and 1% manganese). Brand new, excellent condition, never used or washed. Can be safely used for food or drink (hot or cold).
ABOUT THE ARTIST: The artist Carl Wagner of Salida, Colorado passed away in 2011. He used the lost wax method to create and cast bronze sculptures and specialized in animals. During his career made at least one of almost every animal. His artwork is in collections throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Wagner made life-size eagles for Anheuser-Busch, the Federal Reserve Bank and American Airlines. For the last 20 years he made special-edition eagles for American Airlines to be given as awards to top employees. He created a life-size buffalo for the Buffalo Association in North Dakota. Mr. Wagner received an award after President Ronald Reagan was given one of his bronze eagles, now displayed in the Ronald Reagan museum.
Sculptured and cast in Salida, Colorado. Each edition was limited to 1000. Molds were destroyed at this time and no more were made. The following method was used to cast these art pieces:
• First, an original sculpture was carved in wax, then a rubber mold was made. Hot wax was poured into the rubber mold. When cool, it is an exact replica of the original. It was then dipped into a ceramic slurry (special chemical and sand).
• A shell ¼ inch thick was built up in layers (at least 10 over a 3 day period), then allowed to dry.
• The wax was then melted out and the shell lined at 1700 degrees F. This is called the lost wax ceramic shell method of casting.
• At this point the remaining hollow-space was filled with molten bronze at 2300 degrees F. After cooling, the shell was broken off and discarded. The art piece was sand blasted, finished and polished.
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