The Don c.1935
Bronze, on ebonised wooden base
Cast by Meridian, Melbourne
Size: 28.5cm (H), 35cm (H including base)
Finish: Traditional green-black
Edition: 334 (+ XVI out of series)
Price: AUD$3,300 including GST (free shipping in Australia)
Each is stamped Cast by
Meridian for Josef Lebovic Gallery and Odana Editions and numbered.
This bronze has been produced
with the consent & approval of The Bradman Museum.
No further editions of
this piece will be produced.
The original plaster will be donated to The Bradman Museum on
completion of the casting of this entire edition.
Please direct any enquiries
Josef Lebovic Gallery
34 Paddington Street, Paddington, NSW 2021.
Tel: (02) 9332 1840. Fax: (02) 9331 7431. Intl: (+61-2)
Enquiries & payments
may also be made to:
Odana Editions, P.O. Box 400, Bungendore, NSW 2621. Tel: (02)
6238 0720 Fax: (02) 6238 0725.
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Josef Lebovic Gallery
and Odana Editions, with the endorsement of The Bradman Museum,
are proud to offer collectors this unique opportunity to own
a bronze sculpture of Sir Donald Bradman.
This bust of The Don is
the third in the series of fine bronze castings from original
The Australian Sculpture
series was launched in June 2000 with the first release of works
by Rayner Hoff - Norman Lindsay Bust 1924 - and by Norman Lindsay
- Pair of Bookends c.1930.
From the same era comes
this bust of Don Bradman. Originally crafted in plaster around
1935, the finely sculpted portrait of The Don is set on a column
surmounted by two kangaroos with a cricket bat placed between
them, the base being surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves.
During the 1930s Australians
followed the career of Bradman with intense interest. His face,
of course, was familiar to everyone from the photographs published
in newspapers. The unknown sculptor who created the original
plaster showed considerable talent in capturing such a good contemporary
likeness of Australia's hero. To our knowledge no other sculpture
portraits of Sir Donald Bradman were produced in the 1930s.
This sculpture was used
as a model for a Toby Jug produced in Japan in the mid 1930s,
though the Toby Jug replicates only the top portion of the original
plaster and not the column base. But how this came about remains
The original creator was
inspired by exploits of Sir Donald to make this fine piece of
sculpture, in celebration of the triumphs of cricket's greatest
The bust is produced in
a limited edition of 334 to commemorate the highest Test score
of 334 runs achieved by Bradman in the Third Test against England
at Leeds in 1930, which was also a world record - the highest
score ever attained in a Test match.
Sculpture has not always
been readily available to all Australians. We are changing that.
At the time this sculpture was made, Australian sculptors had
to send their work abroad for casting. The cost was prohibitive,
and so few artists ever saw their work cast in bronze during
their lifetime. Today there are several fine Australian foundries.
We have chosen the Melbourne
foundry, Meridian, to produce our sculpture editions. Meridian
has been operating for 27 years and is the largest lost-wax foundry
in Australia, with wide experience in producing high quality
work for many artists.
has been produced as a single piece or in very small editions.
We believe that by casting in larger editions more people will
be able to own a fine piece of sculpture. The process used to
produce these bronzes ensures that quality remains uniformly
high throughout the whole edition.
Bronze casting, one of
the oldest methods of reproduction, has remained essentially
unchanged since the Renaissance. First, a silicon rubber mould
is made directly from the original plaster. A wax cast is then
made from this mould and a wax "runner & riser"
system is attached to it.
The wax is then covered
with a refactory, a plaster and water mix that is built up layer
by layer until the shell is cylindrical in shape. This is kiln-fired
for 48 hours to drive off water and "burn out" the
wax. Molten bronze is then poured into the wax cavity. Imperfections
in the castings are hand-finished. Finally the patina, a multi-layered
chemical process affecting the colour of the finished bronze,
We are proud to offer
collectors this fine piece of cricket art.