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Porcellino – The Wild Boar



Buy Calydonian boar sculpture as life-size bronze casting

Il Porcellino (“The Piglet”) or “The Wild Boar” is the local Florentine nickname for a bronze fountain with a boar. The fountain figure was created by the Baroque master Pietro Tacca (1577- 1640) shortly before 1643. It was modelled on a Roman marble statue made of Pentelic marble dating back to the early imperial period (1st century AD). This in turn was modelled on a lost Greek bronze sculpture from the Middle Hellenistic period.


Visitors to Il Porcellino throw a coin into the boar’s gaping mouth to drop it through the grille below for good luck, and they rub the boar’s snout to ensure a return to Florence – a tradition noted by the Scottish traveller Tobias Smollett as early as 1766, which has preserved the snout in a state of polished lustre while the rest of the boar’s body is patinated to a dull brownish green.

The Roman work was found in an unknown location around the middle of the It was brought to Florence by the Medici family in the 16th century. Since then, it has been associated with the Calydonian boar from Greek mythology. It is on display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The replica offered here is based on a plaster cast of the work in the Uffizi.


Antique animal figure cast in museum quality bronze

The animal figure is produced as a bronze cast using the traditional lost wax technique. The negative mould required for this is based on a plaster cast of the original in the Uffizi.


Cast marble & marble sculpture from the sculptor

In addition to classic bronze casting, we also offer two other moulds for the animal figurines available to buy in our online shop. Marble casting from powdered genuine white marble. And the new moulding of the statue by sculptors from a single block of white marble. If you are interested in such a mould, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to receiving your e-mail or phone call.


Patinating the bronze animal statue

Patination marks the final step in the finishing process of a bronze statue. The patina simulates the natural oxidation process that causes the bronze to weather differently over time, depending on the environmental influences on the copper alloy. We have various patina recipes in our repertoire, including one that corresponds well to the patina of preserved antique bronze statues. We will be happy to provide you with samples of suitable patinas in advance.


Individualisation of the Calydonian boar sculpture in life size

Each statue cast by us is engraved in the base with a serial number, date of manufacture and our company logo. The base is also engraved with your name, a lettering, the occasion of production, your own company logo or additional engraving as required.


Buy your own personal legacy with an animal figurine replica

Our life-size cast bronze replicas are therefore not only artistic replicas, but also timeless reminders that will preserve your legacy for generations to come. By engraving your name, the date and the occasion on the base, this statue becomes an everlasting symbol of your most personal life achievement, your significance in this world and your work there.


Memory cast in bronze in the radiant light of antiquity

Ancient Greek bronze statues and their masterfully crafted Roman marble replicas were the sensual and visual mirror of these two advanced civilisations for over a millennium. After their rediscovery during the Renaissance, these statues once again became world-famous and symbolised the emergence of modernity.


In keeping with the ancient traditions of Delphi and Rome, the statue made for you and with your name as the donor will forever be a reminder of your personality and achievements.


Locations for the installation of ancient statues & list of parks with ancient sculptures

Antique statues are hardly available in the original. Since their rediscovery in the Renaissance, expensive replicas have been made for castles, their parks and also for the mansions of the wealthy bourgeoisie. During this period, a canon for the installation and placement of these works of art was created that developed into modern times. Here you will find an overview of particularly beautiful locations for antique statues. We also offer you an overview of some publicly accessible gardens and parks, each of which has an impressive collection of ancient sculptures. With specific details of which statues can be seen where. Go travelling, let yourself be inspired!


Product details

Porcellino - The Wild Boar
Item No.S46
MaterialBronze cast
dimension (height x width x depth)137 cm x 154 cm x 93 cm
What you receiveSingle piece, Bronze cast. The exact design details, measurements and weight as well as the structure and colour of the Bronze cast may vary.
DeliveryDelivered using our own van
Delivery ChargeFree delivery in England and Wales (except islands) and to a few EU countries. Click here for details.
Price incl. VAT£48,000.00