How to Choose a Frederic Remington Sculpture Reproduction

Frederic Remington (1861 - 1909) created 22 subjects in bronze, beginning with The Bronco Buster in 1895. These subjects were cast in numbers according to retail demand. Since the copyrights expired mid-20th century, the sculptures have been available to anyone who wants to make and sell copies. They're offered today in a wide spectrum of venues. Quality varies greatly.

Steps

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    Do your homework. Visit authentic casts at museums.
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    Check out Icons of the West: Frederic Remington’s Sculpture by Michael D.Greenbaum at your library. Between reading and looking at the pictures, this book will give you an in-depth education. It also lists locations of authentic casts.
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    Now that you are a connoisseur, you are prepared to evaluate reproductions. You can select reproductions that best represent the artist's original work. Your newfound expertise will prepare you to best enjoy a reproduction that you’ve carefully chosen.

Tips

  • They also come in a wide range of prices, which are often not especially correlated to size or quality.
  • Reproductions are almost always begun by an artist who works on a new model based on photographs of a Remington subject. Occasionally, such standard items are incorrectly called restrikes or recasts. These terms indicate that the mold that created the item was taken from the surface of an authentic sculpture. If the seller makes the claim of selling recasts, you should expect them to be able to provide information about which cast was used for the mold, and a convincing narrative of how it came about.
  • Reproductions come in a diversity of sizes, from tiny to larger than life.
  • A few museums providing extensive exhibits of original Remington sculptures are: Frederic Remington Art Museum[1], Amon Carter Museum[2], Gilcrease Museum[3] and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center[4].

Warnings

  • Certificates of Authenticity are often associated with very ordinary reproductions, and should not be taken at face value.
  • It is rare, but possible to visit a museum and see an inauthentic Remington sculpture on exhibit.
  • There are plenty of Remington "reproductions" in the marketplace that are not based on Remington sculptures. These shouldn't have Remington's name on them at all.
  • Reproductions are only for fun and personal enjoyment. They should not be acquired with the expectation that they will appreciate in value.
  • Beware of a seller who suggests that their reproduction is rare, or that it's worth more than they're asking for it.

Sources and Citations

  1. www.fredericremington.org
  2. www.cartermuseum.org
  3. www.gilcrease.org
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