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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.

Select luxury gift wrapping in the BAG page for just £3.50 per gift or accessory ordered. We will wrap the gift beautifully in one of our luxury gift boxes with tissue paper, ribbon and seasonal decoration. We can also add a personalised message for you which you can provide in the ‘notes' section at checkout

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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 concierge despatch services, no request is too much trouble. Do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss delivery. Where our products are handmade, your order could take a matter of weeks; in these instances we will provide you with an approx. lead-time 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 can be beautifully wrapped, just tick this option on the BAG page. Gift wrapping is a complimentary service to our AUTHOR Society members.

    UK orders under £250 incur a delivery charge of £7. Standard Delivery is free in the UK for orders over £250. Delicate or non-standard pieces are marked as such and incur a delivery fee depending on your location in the UK and the size/weight of the piece. International orders do incur a shipping cost which is calculated on size, weight and location of delivery address. An invoice will be sent separately from as little as £15. For further information please refer to our payment and delivery page.


  • 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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