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Frederic Remington (1861 - 1909)

"The Broncho Buster":  Exclusive, Limited Edition in Fine Porcelain

For the first time ever, The Frederic Remington Art Museum has authorized an exclusive, Limited Edition porcelain casting from an original bronze mold of Frederic Remington’s The Broncho Buster - the artist’s most famous bronze sculpture.

 

Since The Broncho Buster’s grand debut in 1895, this lifelike portrayal of cowboy and horse has inspired the dreams of generations yearning for the excitement and promise of the American West.  Remington’s The Broncho Buster is one of the world’s most highly collectible sculptures.

 

Frederic Remington’s original works are highly sought after by museums and private collectors.  Fittingly, an original bronze cast of The Broncho Buster is on display in the U.S. President's Oval Office.

 

While few of us may ever own a coveted original Remington bronze, as they are scarce, owning an authentic porcelain version is now within reach!  Our challenge was to create a worthy replica that would pay homage to Remington’s creative genius - meeting the exacting standards of the most discriminating Remington collectors and investors.

 

The Artist

Frederic Remington is revered for his astonishing ability to capture the spectacular imagery of America’s Wild West.  His brilliant artistic legacy is etched in the international art world, rendering an enduring influence on American folklore.

 

During Remington’s childhood in upstate New York, he acquired a lifelong love of horses and the great outdoors.  His father’s tales of action during the Civil War aroused young Frederic’s interest in the military, while the death of General Custer at Little Big Horn in 1876 directed the boy’s attention to the untamed western frontier.

 

To the surprise of many, Remington was not a cowboy.  He was born into a prominent New York family and briefly attended Yale University, where he played football and studied art.  At the age of nineteen, Remington was heartbroken to learn of the death of his father, prompting him to withdraw from his studies.  The grief-stricken youth traveled to Montana and began exploring the magnificent American West… the place he had always longed to experience.

 

In 1883, drawing on an inheritance from his father’s estate, Remington moved to Kansas.  There he made an unsuccessful attempt at sheep ranching and subsequently purchased a saloon.  During this period he married Ms. Eva Caten, a woman from home whose father disapproved of Remington’s reluctance to settle down and pursue a conventional career.  The year and a half Remington and his wife spent together in Kansas was the only time Remington actually made the west his home, although there he had already begun to attain true artistic success.

 

Eventually the young couple ventured back east and settled in New York City, where Remington began to paint in earnest.  Frequently published by “Harper’s Weekly” throughout the 1890’s, Remington garnered acclaim as the preeminent illustrator of western life.  After 1900, a contract with “Collier’s Weekly” provided a steady income, liberating him to begin experimenting with Impressionism.  Setting aside his earlier artistic techniques, he concentrated on the moods and lighting of his newfound style.  Remington’s oils depicting Impressionist scenes of the glorious Wild West were especially well-received.

The Bronze

Remington turned to bronze sculpting in 1895 - winning praise for his endearing sculptures beyond that of his most celebrated commissioned illustrations and paintings.  His twenty-two bronze sculptures epitomize the Old West and are widely believed to be Remington’s best pieces.

 

Shortly after Christmas 1909, Frederic Remington passed away at his estate in Connecticut at the untimely age of forty-eight.  Though Remington’s career spanned less than thirty years, the prolific artistic bequeathed a wealth of marvelous work for us all to behold.

 

The Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, New York is the sole museum dedicated exclusively to the artist.  The museum opened in 1923 with the generous support of the artist’s widow, her family and friends.  The mansion housing the museum today served as the home of Eva Remington and her sister Emma from 1915 to 1918.

 

The Porcelain

The creation of porcelain replicas faithful to Remington’s original bronze masterpiece, The Broncho Buster, has been achieved with the utmost technical and aesthetic considerations.  Pure porcelain, affectionately known as “white gold”, is clearly the most desirable and time-honored form of casting for an ambitious project of this caliber.

 

The masterful process of handcrafting porcelain involves precision care at every stage.  Porcelain belongs with the large class of materials called ceramics, which range in texture from course to fine.   Porcelain is the finest-textured of all ceramics and represents the ultimate in ceramic quality.

 

Translucence is the most distinguishing characteristic of genuine porcelain; that is, diffused light shines through a piece of fine porcelain.  The brighter and clearer the translucence, the better the porcelain quality.  Porcelain’s distinctive properties of hardness, density, tensile strength, brightness, and translucence are all unaffected by time.

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The Frederic Remington Art Museum has granted Hans J. Niebergall the exclusive rights to cast Frederic Remington’s “The Broncho Buster” as a Limited Edition, numbering 200 pieces.

 

Each porcelain "The Broncho Buster" is entirely handmade in Germany.

 

Each porcelain sculpture stands 18 inches tall (46 centimeters), 17% smaller than the original bronze, resulting from natural shrinkage of the porcelain “mother form”.

 

The porcelain “The Broncho Buster” is available in two exquisite finishes:  Glossy White and Bisque White.

We invite you to inquire about Frederic Remington's

"The Broncho Buster" in fine porcelain:

 

Mr. Hans J. Niebergall

 

Cell:  +1 (914) 708-6241 / +49 (0) 176-46157235

 

 

Thank you!  We're sure you'll enjoy your cherished "The Broncho Buster" by Frederic Remington for generations to come!