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Male Bust (from the bed-ridden series), original sculpture by Pan He
Pan He is known as the Rodin and the Michelangelo of China. Many of his sculptures are large and prominently displayed in cities, in China and beyond.
Several years ago, Pan He was bed-ridden from illness. Never one to waste time, He produced about fifty small busts of men and women, sculpting them from clay and having them sent to his studio for casting in bronze. Indeed the media has spun its own story about these pieces, dubbing the male busts as the 18 heroes. That is not actually the case, and there were more than 50, including both men and women, many of which are still in He's possession.
As this is one of the few that has come onto the market, it offers a rare opportunity to own the work of this great Chinese sculptor.
To see more of the art of Pan He (He Pan), included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, on-line, please visit the Pan He Pages.
Fun, original white marble sculpture by Xu Hong Fei (许鸿飞) (2011)
Xu Hongfei thinks that both chubby women and dogs can be fun, so what could be more fun than a chubby woman playing with her cute chubby Pekingese dog with his curled tail?
This one is also available in wood.
To see more of the sculpture of Xu Hongfei, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, visit the Xu Hong Fei Pages.
Deng Xiao Ping, original terracotta sculpture by Cao Chong En, 2004,
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This is a terracotta version of Cao's famous Deng Xiao Ping, who was so important to the development of China, as a whole, and Guangdong Province (Canton), in particular. Deng's vision included two major port cities, Shenzhen and Zhuhai, the sister cities of Hong Kong and Macau, respectively, all located in Canton. In the sculpture, therefore, Deng has his hand to his ear, listening to the sea.
Ceramic versions are more highly valued, as their delicacy makes them less likely to survive. Moreover, as there is only one copy of this one, you have only one chance.
Cast Bronze I Ching Four-legged Ding
Dings are bronze vessels with two handles and 3 or 4 legs, dating back to the Xia and Shang Dynasties, about four to five thousand years ago. Because of their standing design, they were, originally, used for cooking (some also had lids), storage, and even offerings to the Gods. In the Leona Craig Gallery, we offer several dings with different decorative themes, number of legs, and sizes. In more ancient China, only people of high rank were permitted to own such objects, so they were a symbol of stature and power. They are beautiful weighty decorative items on their own, or you can put plants or whatever you want, in them, to add to their decorative versatility. This one comes in two sizes: 14 cm or 25 cm, in diameter. It has the eight trigrams of the I Ching, along with their Chinese characters, carved on its octagonal sides, and the black and white yin-yang symbol of the Tao on the inside bottom of the vessel. For artistic balance, with eight sides on the vessel, it has four decorated legs.
Horse Head, original cast bronze sculpture by Cao Chong En (2007)
To see more of the art of Pan Fen, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, visit the Cao Chong En Pages.
Bronze Saddled Rhinoceros (Secret Container)
This cast bronze rhino comes in four sizes from small (one-third size: 18 cm long, 11 cm high, and 6 cm wide; weight 1.6 kg) to very large (full-size: 58 cm-about 2 feet-long, 34 cm high, and 20 cm wide; weight 11 kg: 16 kg, packed). It is a beautiful work with ornate decoration on the body, originally, from the Han Dynasty (about 2,000 years ago), and unearthed in Xing Ping, in 1963. The original is, now, housed in the Chinese Museum of History, in Beijing, and a large replica, like the one we offer here, was given to U.S. President Bill Clinton by the president of China, in the 1990's. In all versions, the saddle lifts up so that, not only is it a nice piece of decorative art, it is also useful for storage, and we all know that it take a lot to fill a rhino's belly. It is a perfect conversation piece to include in your decor. The large version makes quite a statement. It has been made by the bronze casting studio, in Xian, whose work we feature in our gallery, You can choose the size that you want from the drop down menu, when you go to the shopping cart form.
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