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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.

    Orders under £250 incur a delivery charge of £7. Standard Delivery is free in the UK for orders over £250. Excludes fragile or large pieces flagged as requiring specialist carriage; in these instances you must provide the AUTHOR team your contact details, and info about your order via our contact form and we'll reply to discuss your delivery needs and provide you with a delivery quote to complete your order. Or call us during office hours.


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  • 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.