First, The Boreas Backstory
In 2004, my Boreas Percheron sculpture was put into production in English bone china by Alchemy Ceramics. To kick it off, an OF matte black edition was sold. There were 10 pieces plus 2 artists proofs. In 2005 I entered my personal artist proof into the American Academy of Equine Artists (AAEA) Annual Fall Juried Equine Art show. It was accepted, and it also won the show’s top sculpture prize, the Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award for Sculpture!!
I never dreamed it would win anything, and the pieces entered into the show all had to be for sale so I had to put a price on it (one which I thought was very high at the time), and it SOLD! I was pretty sad about that because my proof was really really matte and I expected to keep it. The subsequent OF ones made were all somewhere between satin and glossy. I was never able to get that super matte finish like the one in the AAEA show that sold. And I never found out who bought the piece in person at the show in Kentucky. I didn’t attend the show. I regret not doing that too! But I never dreamed I’d win an award either! Photos of this proof still remain the iconic one that I use on my website.
I’ve always thought that black was the most appropriate color for Boreas, especially because I was inspired to sculpt this work when I saw Percheron stallions like this at the National Western Stock Show in Denver:
I had lost my personal black bone china copy by accident, and I couldn’t paint another one because that would affect the integrity of the OF edition numbers. So, in 2012 I glazed one of my last remaining bone china Boreas’s to a semi-matte black with glossy hooves and eyes like the OFs… but gave this one a white star on his head! Because of this, this piece is officially a custom glaze, and it will always be one of a kind and show in custom glaze divisions.
The only reason I decided to let this piece go now, is because of this cmg (#5) dapple grey Boreas that I glazed for Jeanene Bernardin in 2006:
Jeanene was a wonderful client and patron of my art, and had a truly epic china horse collection. She passed away recently and thanks to the executor of the estate, Joanie Berkwitz, I was able to take this piece home again. It has a ton of personal meaning to me and I can’t believe he’s back here with me. I have decided to only keep two precious early dapple grey cmg Boreas’s in my collection. (Plus I still have one more bone china bisque.) Here’s my other keeper grey, the 2nd custom glaze I did on a bone china:
ANYway… on to the cmg black piece that is for sale! Here are the photos:
This is bone china custom glazed Boreas number 15, finished in 2012. It is in perfect condition, hand-painted by me in overglaze china technique. It has a semi-matte finish on the body, and glossy hooves and eyes. It has a small white star on the head. It has fabulous mold detail. It is 9″ tall in bone china. It will be shipped in a highest quality custom foam lined box, via Fedex. Or it can be delivered in person depending on where you live. I do ship internationally but it will be expensive!
I will be conducting an online auction for this piece ONLY on a post on my Westerly Design studio Facebook page. If you are not on FB I’m sure you can find someone who could bid for you. The bidding will start on Monday afternoon June 20th, and end on Thursday June 23rd at 7:00pm Mountain Time. The starting bid will be $900.00 and the final price will include shipping. There is no reserve. Time payments will be accepted. All rules for the auction will be at the top of the FB post.