3D In Relief Retriever Portrait in Copper - Signed/Dated 1959

Discussion in 'Art' started by journeymagazine, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    I found this at a thrift store yesterday. I believe it's copper & a portrait of a retriever?
    I believe it's copper, but is this "hand hammered"?
    It's signed & dated 1959 so it has age - but is it good art (I think so - I couldn't do it!) or is it just a school art project or something similar?
    Does it have any value?

  2. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

  3. wiscbirddog

    wiscbirddog Well-Known Member

    Just for your information: not a retriever breed. the low-slung ears would point towards a setter breed.
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  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Could have been done in art class. My generation was still doing same.

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  5. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    Definitely being done as a kit in the late sixties/early seventies.
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  6. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    Looks like a spaniel.
  7. wolf-hawk

    wolf-hawk New Member


    How do you post those pics? every time I try it says file to large....any help would be apricated

  8. Bdigger

    Bdigger Well-Known Member

    We made similar in shop class in the early 70's.
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  9. Bdigger

    Bdigger Well-Known Member

    Pictures need to be under 1 mb. if you use your phone for pics, if you eMail them to yourself it gives you a size option, so you can resize your pics to a proper size. Then when you upload them to a thread, choose he full image option.
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  10. all_fakes

    all_fakes Well-Known Member

    Could be shop class; but in the 50s, early 60s, there were kits which were quite popular. They contained a thin copper sheet, a wooden stylus, and most importantly, a plastic backing sheet with the design. You just pressed the copper into the plastic, framed it, and had an "original" work of art. Most were framed with the plastic backing for reinforcement, so if the frame were removed, the backing plastic would still be present.
    I suspect most copper art found today, from that era, was made from one of those kits, not done free-hand.
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  11. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    If on a computer just right click on pic & then click resize - then click a smaller size!
  12. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    If you are using a phone, email them to yourself as medium. Save them and post from there.
  13. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    These were done by a variety of people, both talented and amateurish.
    Kits were definitely available.
    I remember doing a small one in 6th or 7th grade art class - 1960s.
    It was still part of the cub scout craft book in the early 90s.
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  14. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

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  15. yourturntoloveit

    yourturntoloveit Well-Known Member

    I wholeheartedly agree with Clutteredcloset's "agreement" that it is a setter breed.

    The "sweetest" and most congenial (with people, other dogs, as well as other creatures/critters) dog we ever had was an English Setter.

    Oh what an absolute "gentleman" of a dog he was.
  16. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    I seem to recall (sort of? ... I think...) that my kit came with a bright blue plastic mold that you filled with plaster-of-paris... when set, remove mold, lay copper sheet on top, emboss away.

    However, we did a lot of crafts when I was a kid, and I'm certainly old enough to be confabulating.
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  17. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    I'll second THAT, too, YourTurn! I've had a wonderful collection of Irish, English and Gordon setters over the years, and this one was the best behaved gentleman of them all:
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    (and, yes, he ALWAYS sat in a chair!)
  18. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BOARED!

    Hi Journey!! In all my years on computers with all the versions of Windows (MINUS Win-10.....not there yet!!!!) I have NEVER been able to 'just right click on an image and select re-size'!!!! Would that it were that easy!!!! Maybe it is for many others!!!! And maybe it is on Apple (don't have one of them either!!!!):smuggrin::smuggrin::joyful::joyful::kiss:
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  19. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    Same here, Aqui! (And you can include Windows 10, too - that's what I'm on...)
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  20. yourturntoloveit

    yourturntoloveit Well-Known Member

    SBSVC, oh my goodness, your photo brought a mist to my eyes even after all the years since our sweet boy passed away.
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