Chamberlain & Co’s collection of prestige animal sculptures include a variety of subjects, from majestic birds of prey to African wildlife and champion race horses. They are among the finest examples of ceramic sculptural art available anywhere in the world. It takes exceptional skill and craftsmanship to create these large studies in the delicate and demanding medium of fine bone china. Only the most experienced craftspeople are able to retain the level of detail and modelling precision that enables a bird of prey to spread its wings or a big cat to race across the Serengeti Plain with an appearance so lifelike you will believe they move.
Introducing the Sculptures:-
Cheetah and Impala
The movement and drama of the chase are captured superbly in this powerful and dynamic sculpture by Nick Bibby. On the plains of the Serengeti the hunted impala stretches every sinew, twisting and turning to escape the magnificent but deadly cheetah. To cast such detail as the cheetah's sinuous tail in fine bone china takes immense skill, which is matched only by that of the artist whose precise hand-painting brings the scene to life
One of the largest falcons, the Gyrfalcon has been highly prized as a hunting bird since medieval times. Chamberlain's superb fine bone china sculpture depicts a trained falcon at rest on a falconer's gauntlet, complete with its leather jesses. Every detail of the Gyrfalcon's beautiful white and black plumage is perfectly captured by Chamberlain's painters. The delicate satin glaze highlights the lifelike texture of each individual feather, while the glint of the falcon's sharp eye is highlighted by its gloss
Twisting and turning, the impala leaps at speed over the dry branches of a stunted tree on the Serengeti Plain. Sculptor Nick Bibby captured the delicacy and grace of the impala in his original sculpture, then cast in fine bone china and decorated entirely by hand. Such is the skill of its creation that the impala appears almost airborne. The light, satin glaze highlights every detail of this wonderfully athletic creature's colour and the texture of its coat.
The power and athleticism of the thoroughbred race horse are beautifully captured in this magnificent equestrian study. The champion horse is depicted with his jockey as they drive towards the finishing line. The sculpture is both a technical tour de force, with only two of the horse's legs touching the base, and a wonderful celebration of the sport of kings, and comes mounted on a mahogany plinth.
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