Technique and condition

A one part cast plaster sculpture, comprising a tableau with integral base.

The plaster cast has the appearance and surface texture of the original clay master, where the artist used small balls of clay, pressed and modelled by hand and worked with tools, to build up to the desired shape. The sculpture was cast in two parts and re-bounded with fresh plaster. It is probable that concealed wood or wire reinforcements were inserted (this will only be confirmed by x-ray examination), to support the top heavy structure, on its shallow, stepped, rectangular plaster base.

On acquisition a few small chips were visible in the plaster, on the frame held by one acrobat’s right arm. There are also small chips on the under edge of the rectangular base. Small deposits of ingrained dust and dirt remain in some crevices trapped below the shellac coating. It is known that a wax mould was taken from this plaster, slightly altered and re-cast as T03525. To prevent the moulding material from damaging the surface of the plaster during this recasting process, a shellac isolation layer was applied. Over time this has aged to an uneven brown colour.

There is no artists inscription.

The sculpture is displayed under a Perspex cover. The rectangular base is secured with two small L shaped brass pins inserted into the plinth top.

Sandra Deighton
September 2005