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The Mallon Foundry




The Mallon Foundry

The Boar of Ben Gulbain Bronze Sculpture by Mallon Foundry for AUTHOR

Regular price £1,700 Sale

A characterful Bronze inspired by the Celtic myth of Ben Gulbain - a tale of fathers and sons, betrayal and honour. Made in Northern Ireland by The Mallon Foundry.

Please note: The original set of 12 limited edition castings of The Boar have been sold. However, other pieces from the Foundry are still available such as Embarr the Horse, Fiacc the Raven and The Salmon of Knowledge.

This sculpture is cast in bronze using the primitive ‘Cire Perdu’ technique, in which the model goes through a series of incarnations, from clay, to wax, to ceramic and finally to bronze. The bronze is treated to achieve the amazingly deep colour, and coated with a layer of the maker’s very own beeswax.

The sculpture is discreetly stamped with its number, enabling your ownership of this very special piece to be recorded in the maker’s Owners Register.

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  • Height 115mm
    Length 240mm
    Width 50mm
    Weight 2.2kg (unboxed)

  • The foundry keeps some pieces in stock for speedy delivery but please note that occasionally delivery can take up to six weeks, due to show and exhibition commitments.

    AUTHOR will deliver your product as quickly and as carefully as possible. We pride ourselves on our fastidious packaging and despatch service. Where our products are handmade, your order could take a matter of weeks; in these instances we will provide you an approx. leadtime and then keep you updated by phone or email as to the progress of your order. Where there’s a short wait for hand-crafted items made in small batches or for a custom order, trust us; it’s always worth it. Any item intended as a gift is beautifully wrapped, as standard.

    Orders under £80 incur a delivery charge of £7. Delivery is free for orders of standard products over £80. Delicate or non-standard pieces are marked as such and incur a delivery fee depending on your location and the size/weight of the piece.


  • In his first year your little boar requires nothing more than a light tickle with a soft duster.

    The colour will continue to deepen. To keep the current patination you can reapply a layer of any natural paste wax, once a year, gently buffing afterwards with a soft cloth. Should he become very dirty, your boar can be cleaned using a little mild soap and water, rinsing well and drying completely before reapplying wax. The mountain boar arrives with his own little jar of beeswax.
Why we love this product

This little boar is quite a character and his personality really comes across in his features. It’s fair to say that this is a boar with attitude.

As well as being irresistibly eye-catching, the bronze boar makes a great conversation piece, especially when you divulge the name and re-tell his story. This boar is based on the Celtic tale of The Boar of Ben Gulbain.

The sculpture has amazing tactile qualities, and is surprisingly weighty and cool to the touch. Pop him somewhere you will look at often, such as a desk or mantlepiece. You could even put him to use as a paperweight.

It is important to us at AUTHOR that traditional craft skills such as the ‘Cire Perdue’ technique used by this Foundry are not lost. Being able to continue both the oral tradition of passing down legends and the ancient metalworking skills gives us a grounding and reassuring connection to the past.

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