Facsimilies, Ltd., was principally founded in 1983 by artist Joan Terrell Smith to reproduce sculptural reliefs of museum pieces, architectural details, metalwork and ancient stone tablets. Molds were hand crafted and various gypsum cement formulations (called "hydrostone" in the trade today) were used to create these historically accurate art objects. Finishes were applied post production.

All are three dimensional and are intended to be wall-mounted. All have depth (not listed below) appropriate to the relative size of the piece (depths range from 1/2 inch to 2 inches plus) and have indentations on the backs to accommodate the use of finish (headless) nails hammered at 45 degree angles into the hanging surface. Picture hooks are not secure enough, nor will they allow the pieces to set flat against the wall or mounting surface.

These wonderful reliefs are intended solely for indoor use. Cleaning is accomplished with a clean, dry paint brush or dry dust cloth. Spills or smudges may be removed with light rubbing with a water dampened cloth. Chemical cleaners should not be used to avoid damage to the finish. Though breakable, these reliefs mount securely to walls. Their relative fragility requires special care in shipping. Each piece will be professionally handled and shipped insured. Please see shipping policies for more info.

Circles on the Square is proud to offer our inventory of these beautiful sculptural reliefs from this once prosperous, now defunct, group of artisan craftsmen. Owning one of these delightful objects is like owning a piece of history. Quantities very limited.




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Dragon Stone
Tudor heralds introduced many fabulous beasts, birds, and reptiles (such as this one ) into heraldic art. A woodcut from "A Display of Heraldry", by John Cuillium ( Rouge Croix Pursuivant) is the source of the dragon. English. 17th century (1610) 6.25 x 9.0 x .66 inches
Price: 45.00
Mother Goose Miniature
Mary married Isaac Vergoose, who shortened his name to Goose. Tradition has it that the stories told by Mary Goose to her grandchildren were put into print by her son-in-law, printer Thomas Fleet, resulting in her immortalization as "Mother Goose". Her stone was carved by William Mumford. The distinct death's head is his own, and the old burial grounds of Boston are populated by hundreds of his stones. American. 20th century (1690 ) 3.25 x 3.75 x .5 inches
Price: 25.00
Leaf Man
This piece continues two traditions. The design is a modern version of the "green man" theme, which has its roots both in church tradition and in paganism. Medieval legend has the Tree of Life growing from seeds planted in Adam's mouth. The original Leaf Man, located on the south tower of New York City's Cathedral church of Saint John the Divine, is also one of the first pieces carved by an apprentice in the Cathedral's stonemason and carver apprenticeship program. The carving was done in 1983 by D'Ellis Kincannon. American. 20th century (1983) 10 x 7.5 x 3 inches
Price: 59.00



Rameses II as a Child
The 67 year reign of Rameses II (1292 - 1225 BC) was marked by territorial wars with the Hittites and by an upsurge in the production of art glorifying the pharaoh. A prodigious monument builder (he was responsible for colossal temples at Abu Simbel in Nubia as well as major works at Karnak and Luxor), Rameses II also appropriated and restored many disused temples of his forbears. He is believed to have been the pharaoh of the Hebrew oppression. Re-carved by Larissa McGeer. Egyptian New Kingdom, XIXth Dynasty, ca. 1300 BC, now in the Louvre, Paris. 8 inches high.
Price: 59.00
  

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