Sorry I missed the lion post! I've been snowed under and haven't checked here as often as usual. That is a GORGEOUS lion!!
Parks Bronze - email [email protected]
331 Golf Course Rd.
Enterprise OR 97828
If you can get up there, take a tour of the foundry and look at the various patinas on the work there. They can do wild and crazy, traditional French brown (like Sculpture Dolls' children on the bench piece), or more natural colors like my horses.
Sometimes Bart (the patina guy) will get an inspiration to do something different - he once told me that he could do a beautiful marbled patina on one of my black horses (as seen above). The marbled one sells better than the black one!
The guy who answers the phone is Tom - he's fun and a really good guy (as are Bart and Steve Parks, the owner, and the other folks there). Tell them I said "Howdy!" when you contact them. I just sent them a mold to make a new casting of an old piece. They do outstanding work and when I found them, their prices were 1/3 lower than any I had found in the Midwest, East and South. Yeah, the shipping is expensive to go that far (for me anyway), but overall, I think it's totally worth it.
BTW, on your lion - I often ask for the high edges of the hair on my pieces to be buffed back to bare bronze so they have that highlight (and to prove they aren't plastic horses - so many people over the years have asked if my horses were Breyers - GACK!!!!). You can see that in Maestoso (above), in his mane, tail and the feathers on his legs. It gives the hair more dimension and movement, IMO - and looks like the sunshine putting highlights on the hair. (in my opinion, anyway).
Some foundries will gold plate these edges - I've never asked for that, I like the softness of the real bronze color for my horses, so I don't know if they do that or not.
They can do your lion in totally natural colors if you want, or they can make the depressions in his mane bright pink or blue (patina, not paint) - whatever you want.
Keep up the excellent work!