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    • #12012
      halanb
      Participant

      These are from a series of bronze table bells issued by Andrey Martynyuk in Kiev, Ukraine.

      Current group (Issued February 2012):

      Monk (7.5 cm, 3 in) (Closed edition, sold out) (Will be replaced by “Cossack” from same designer.)

      Sisters (10 cm, 4 in, by Maleev)

      Scheherazade (12.5 cm, 5 in, by Maleev)

      Harlequin on a Snail (14 cm, 5.6 in, by Maleev)

      Columbina on a Stag Beetle (14 cm, 5.6 in, by Maleev)

      Girl with Cats (12 cm, 4.8 in, by Maleev)

      Italian Nun (12 cm, 4.8 in, by Maleev)) – First bell from a new group (March 2012),
      based on a statue by Pietro Canonica (1869 – 1959), Italy

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    • #16879
      Garry
      Participant

      Wow!
      Thanks for sharing, these are some great bells!
      Garry

    • #16878
      halanb
      Participant

      More from Group 2 (March 2012)

      Dali on Egg (12.5 cm, 5 in, by Maleev)
      Based on a photo of Salvador Dali and his fascination with eggs like this one on his house.

      King with Bird (12.5 cm, 5 in, by Alisa)

      Dali on Flying Snail (14.5 cm, 5.8 in, 3 lb, by Maleev)
      (Based on a sculpture from Dali Universe – London)

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    • #16882
      halanb
      Participant

      Issued: May 2012

      First Love (10.5 cm, 4.2 in, by Maleev)

      Musketeer (12 cm, 4.8 in) and Queen Anne of Austria (11.5 cm, 4.6 in, by Maleev)
      (Based on Alexandre Dumas The Three Musketeers)

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    • #16883
      halanb
      Participant


      Pirate (10 cm, 4 in, by Maleev)

      Organ Grinder (10 cm, 4 in, by Maleev)

      Issued: June 2012

      Cossack (7.5 cm, 3 in, by Maleev)

      Owl (12.7 cm, 5.1 in) (Design by sculptor Alisa Didkovskaya-Petrosyuk, who did the King & Bird)
      http://petrosyuk-sculpture.com.ua/english/author.html

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    • #16884
      halanb
      Participant

      Andrey with his wife and daughter.
      Note his personal bell collection on the shelves.

      Issued: July 2012

      Magritte Owls (12.5 cm, 5 in; 1 kg, 2.2 lb, by Maleev)
      This is a new bell, based on The Companions of Fear by Surrealist painter, Rene Magritte.

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    • #16885
      halanb
      Participant

      More work by Surrealist painter Rene Magritte.
      Some of these also fit the category of Trompe-l’œil (fool the eye), 3-D optical illusions.

      Magritte Dress (12.5 cm, 5 in, by Maleev),
      based on La Philosophie dans le Boudoir (c.1947).
      The clapper is the head of Magritte.

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    • #16886
      halanb
      Participant

      Andrey wishes to stress that he works as part
      of a creative group of local artists.

      Two of the artist-sculptors shown below are creating models for new table bells.

      Alisa Didkovskaya-Petrosyuk (Kiev, Ukraine)

      Vyacheslav Maleev (Sevastopol, Crimea)

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    • #16880
      halanb
      Participant

      Issued: August 2012

      New Bells by Alisa Didkovskaya-Petrosyuk

      Alice In Wonderland (11 cm, 4.4 in, clapper in the form of legs)

      Medieval Lady (13.5 cm, 5.4 in)

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      New Bell by Vyacheslav Maleev

      Wine Maker (13.5 cm, 5.4 in, clapper in the form of a barrel with grapes)
      The artist says he was inspired by French actor Gérard Depardieu contemplating his next meal,
      not a hat but his thoughts floating above his head.

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    • #16887
      RockinEZ
      Participant

      Such detail…. amazing

    • #16888
      halanb
      Participant

      More New Bells by Alisa Didkovskaya-Petrosyuk

      Wisdom (Lady with an Owl) (12.5 cm, 5 in)
      This bell reminds me of Athena, patron goddess of Athens, whose attributes are an owl signifying
      wisdom, and an olive branch for her creation of the olive tree as a gift to Athens.

      Bacchus (13.5 cm, 5.4 in)

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    • #16889
      halanb
      Participant

      Cook with Cat (10 cm, 4 in, by Maleev)

      White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland (13 cm, 5.1 in, legs as clapper, by Alisa)
      Based on John Tenniel illustration in Lewis Carroll’s original 1865 version.

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    • #16890
      armsoft
      Participant

      The bells are beautiful!!!
      What is the price range for the Bronze bells?
      Al McFarland

    • #16891
      halanb
      Participant

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      I have been told that most of the bells sell in Ukraine and Russia in the $125 – $175 range.

      You may see some on eBay occasionally, but there is no general source for these bells in Western Europe
      or in the USA at this time. I have arranged privately to acquire some for myself and a few friends.
      Andrey gives us a discount, and our cost is usually in the $90 – $130 range, a few higher or lower.

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    • #16892
      halanb
      Participant


      Issued: October 2012

      Snow Queen (12.5 cm, 5 in, by Maleev)

      Beetle & Cherry (Rhinoceros Beetle, 11.5 cm, 4.5 in, by Maleev)


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    • #16893
      halanb
      Participant


      Neptune & Mermaids (13 cm, 5.1 in, by Maleev)

      Mice On Pumpkin (10.5 cm, 4.1 in, by Alisa)

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    • #16894
      halanb
      Participant


      Issued: November 2012

      Bird of Paradise (14 cm, 5.5 in, by Alisa)

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      Cardinal Richelieu (13 cm, 5.1 in, by Maleev)

      Wikipedia: Armand Jean du Plessis, cardinal-duc de Richelieu et de Fronsac (9 Sep 1585–4 Dec 1642) was a French clergyman, noble and statesman.

      Consecrated as a bishop in 1608, he later entered politics, becoming a Secretary of State in 1616. Richelieu soon rose in both the Catholic Church and the French government, becoming a Cardinal in 1622, and King Louis XIII’s chief minister in 1624. He remained in office until his death in 1642; he was succeeded by Cardinal Mazarin, whose career he had fostered.

      The Cardinal de Richelieu was often known by the title of the King’s “Chief Minister” or “First Minister”. As a result, he is considered to be the world’s first Prime Minister, in the modern sense of the term. He sought to consolidate royal power and crush domestic factions. By restraining the power of the nobility, he transformed France into a strong, centralized state. His chief foreign policy objective was to check the power of the Austro-Spanish Habsburg dynasty, and to ensure French dominance in the Thirty Years’ War that engulfed Europe. Although he was a cardinal, he did not hesitate to make alliances with Protestant rulers in attempting to achieve his goals.

      Richelieu was also famous for his patronage of the arts; most notably, he founded the Académie Française, the learned society responsible for matters pertaining to the French language. Richelieu is also known by the sobriquet l’Éminence rouge (“the Red Eminence”), from the red shade of a cardinal’s clerical dress and the style “eminence” as a cardinal.

      As an advocate for Samuel de Champlain and of the retention of Quebec, he founded the Compagnie des Cent-Associés and saw the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye return Quebec City to French rule under Champlain, after the settlement had been captured by the Kirkes in 1629. This in part allowed the colony to eventually develop into the heartland of Francophone culture in North America.

      He is also a leading character in The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père and its subsequent film adaptations, portrayed as a main antagonist, and a powerful ruler, even more powerful than the King himself, though events like the Day of the Dupes show that in fact he very much depended on the King’s confidence to keep this power.

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      Rasputin (13 cm, 5.1 in, by Maleev)

      To me, the most interesting bell that Maleev has designed. Grigory Rasputin was an evil yet complex character at the end of the Romanov Dynasty. Maleev has incorporated into the cloak details of the Romanovs, Rasputin’s writings and predictions, and the coming of the Bolshevik Revolution.

      Wikipedia: Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (22 January [O.S. 10 January] 1869 – 29 or 30 December [O.S. 16 December] 1916) was a Russian Orthodox Christian and mystic who is perceived as having influenced the latter days of the Russian Emperor Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their only son, Alexei. Some people called Rasputin the “Mad Monk”, while others considered him a “strannik” (or religious pilgrim) and even a starets (ста́рец, “elder”, a title usually reserved for monk-confessors), believing him to be a psychic and faith healer.

      It has been argued that Rasputin helped to discredit the tsarist government, leading to the fall of the Romanov dynasty in 1917. Contemporary opinions saw Rasputin variously as a saintly mystic, visionary, healer and prophet or, on the contrary, as a debauched religious charlatan. There has been much uncertainty over Rasputin’s life and influence as accounts of his life have often been based on dubious memoirs, hearsay and legend. In his homeland he is revered as a righteous man by many people and clerics, among them Elder Nikolay Guryanov.

      I had asked about the symbolism in the cloak. This is an explanation from Marina Kyrychenko,
      Andrey’s friend who helps with selection, production, and distribution of the bells:

      He (the artist Maleev) planned nothing and he did as he imagined.
      Something written on the bell in Russian- from Soviet posters first appeared during the Proletarian Revolution in Russia. Slogan translates as “All Power to Soviets!”
      All these symbols the mysteries of history, Rasputin’s predictions.
      The head with cap below the left shoulder – Lenin (most images we of Lenin was with cap).
      Red Army soldier (during the civil war in Russia 1918-1921) revolution
      Imperial Eagle
      Alexei Nikolaevich(12 August 1904 – 17 July 1918) of the House of Romanov, was the Tsesarevich – heir apparent.
      Face of woman- his sister or the Tsarina.
      Saint George Crown, dome of churches without crosses, burned churches, “covered the earth with gore”.
      Heart – in the form of the overturned dome, the removal of crosses from the churches
      Hands as the Eucharist ( communion ) or as a symbol of repentance. In old times in Russia someone to be executed turns to people like this and asks to be excused of his sins.

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    • #16895
      Willie B. Herd
      Participant

      Interesting….thanks for the info. 8)

    • #16896
      halanb
      Participant


      Mona Lisa (11.5 cm, 4.5 in, by Maleev; clapper is face of da Vinci)

      Wikipedia: The Mona Lisa (La Gioconda or La Joconde, or Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo) is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has been acclaimed as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.”

      The painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, is in oil on a poplar panel, and is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506. It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. The ambiguity of the subject’s expression, frequently described as enigmatic, the monumentality of the composition, the subtle modeling of forms and the atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the continuing fascination and study of the work.

      Note: The description mentions that it is painted on a poplar panel. The panel cracked with humidity changes, has been repaired several times, and once again could use some work. The Louvre knows how to repair it and could repair it, but it would take several years and they are reluctant to remove it from display. It is kept in a special case with strict humidity control to stabilize it.

      Some viewers may remember the Nat King Cole recording from the 1950s.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG-A_qTAKEI

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    • #16897
      halanb
      Participant

      Issued: December 2012

      Fish Island (9 cm, 3.5 in, by Maleev)

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      Flower Seller (13 cm, 5.1 in, by Alisa)

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      Infanta Margarita (11.5 cm, 4.5 in, by Alisa)

      Wikipedia: Margaret Theresa of Spain (Spanish: Margarita Teresa, German: Margarete Theresia; 12 July 1651 – 12 March 1673) was Holy Roman Empress, German Queen, Archduchess consort of Austria, Queen consort of Hungary and Bohemia. She was the daughter of King Philip IV of Spain and his second wife Mariana of Austria. She was the elder sister of Charles II, the last of the Spanish Habsburgs. She is the central figure in the famous Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez, and subject of many of his later paintings.

      For political reasons, Margaret Theresa was betrothed as a child to her maternal uncle and paternal cousin, Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor. Her father stipulated that she should maintain her position in the line of succession to the Spanish throne and would pass her succession rights to her descendants, something Leopold I gladly accepted.

      In the summer of 1666, saddened by her father’s death on 17 September 1665, the 15 year old infanta left her native Spain and traveled to Austria. She was accompanied by several Spanish attendants, and was solemnly welcomed by her future husband, her uncle Leopold. Their wedding took place in the city of Vienna, on 12 December 1666. Despite the difference in their ages, some 11 years, they were very happy together, as they shared a number of interests, especially theatre and music.

      After giving birth to four children, and weakened by many miscarriages, Margaret Theresa died at the age of 21. Her only surviving child was Archduchess Maria Antonia of Austria, future Electress of Bavaria. Margaret Theresa was buried in the Imperial Crypt, in Vienna.

      The bell is based on Las Meninas (The Maids of Honor) by Diego Velasquez.

      There were many portraits of Margarita, always in the Baroque style clothing.

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      La Regenta (13.5 cm, 5.3 in, by Maleev)

      Wikipedia: La Regenta is a realist novel by Spanish author Leopoldo Alas y Ureña, also known as Clarín, published in 1884 and 1885.

      The story is set in Vetusta (a provincial capital city, very identifiable with Oviedo, capital of Asturias), where the main character of the work, Ana Ozores “La Regenta”, marries the former prime magistrate of the city, Víctor Quintanar, a kind but fussy man much older than she. Feeling sentimentally abandoned, Ana lets herself be courted by the province casanova, Álvaro Mesía. To complete the circle, D. Fermín de Pas (Ana’s confessor and canon in the cathedral of Vetusta) also falls in love with her and becomes Mesía’s unmentionable rival. A great panorama of secondary characters, portrayed by Clarín with merciless irony, completes the human landscape of the novel.

      The author uses the city of Vetusta as a symbol of vulgarity, lack of culture and hypocrisy. On the other hand, Ana incarnates the tortured ideal that perishes progressively before a hypocritical society. With these forces in tension, the Asturian writer narrates a cruel story of Spanish provincial life in the days of the Restoration.

      Many people know Oviedo as the City of Sculptures. More than a hundred statues can be found in its streets, some of which are works by universally renowned artists. One of them is by Mauro Álvarez – located in the Plaza de Alfonso II el Casto. The statue is of Ana Ozores, the heroine of La Regenta, the great novel by Leopoldo Alas “Clarín”.

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      Leprechaun (12 cm, 4.7 in, by Yuri Lazur)

      (Two green patinas are under consideration; one will be selected.)

      The Leprechaun will also be offered in plain bronze, without patina, at a lower cost.

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      Mermaid (11.5 cm, 4.5 in, by Alisa)

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    • #16898
      halanb
      Participant

      Masha & Bear (13 cm, 5.1 in, by Maleev)

      Based on a Russian folk tale, now expanded into books and cartoons for children.
      Read the story here: http://russian-crafts.com/tales/masha.html

      Matryoshka (Nesting) Dolls

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    • #16899
      halanb
      Participant

      Issued: January 2013

      Tsar & Sorcerer
      These two bells were previously discussed in
      viewtopic.php?f=5&t=4948
      when the models were being created.

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      Tsar Dadon (13 cm, 5.2 in, by Maleev)

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      Sorcerer (12.7 cm, 5.0 in, by Maleev)

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      Fisherman (based on Apostle Peter; 10 cm, 3.9 in, by Maleev)

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    • #16881
      halanb
      Participant

      A new bell from Yuri Lazur (Kiev, Ukraine – Sculptor, Painter & Designer), who did the Leprechaun.

      Monkey Drummer (12 cm, 4.7 in, by Yuri Lazur)

      Comparison with the Leprechaun; Yuri pointing to his golden dragon sculpture.

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      Satyr (12.5 cm, 5.1 in, by Alisa)

      Wikipedia: In Greek mythology, a Satyr is one of a troop of male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like (caprine) features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. By contrast, in Roman Mythology there is a similar concept with goat-like features, the faun being half-man, half-goat. Greek-speaking Romans often use the Greek term saturos when referring to the Latin faunus, and eventually syncretize the two. In myths they are often associated with pipe-playing.

      Pan is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature, of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr. With his homeland in rustic Arcadia, he is recognized as the god of fields, groves, and wooded glens; because of this, Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring.

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    • #16900
      halanb
      Participant

      Joan of Arc (12.3 cm, 4.8 in, by Maleev)

      Wikipedia: Joan of Arc (French: Jeanne d’Arc, ca. 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans”, is a folk heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. She was born a peasant girl in what is now eastern France. Claiming divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years’ War, which paved the way for the coronation of Charles VII of France. She was captured by the Burgundians, transferred to the English in exchange for money, put on trial by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon for charges of “insubordination and heterodoxy”, and was burned at the stake for heresy when she was 19 years old.

      The first picture shows the original clay model and one of the black wax figures that will be invested and cast.

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    • #16901
      halanb
      Participant

      Issued: February 2013

      Archer (Match/Toothpick Holder, 14 cm, 5.6 in w/o arrow, by Maleev)

      (Pic 6 shows the original clay model.)

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    • #16902
      halanb
      Participant


      Baron Münchhausen (13 cm, 5.1 in, by Alisa)

      Wikipedia: Hieronymus Carl Friedrich von Münchhausen (11 May 1720 – 22 February 1797) was a German nobleman and a famous recounter of tall tales. He joined the Russian military and took part in two campaigns against the Ottoman Turks. Upon returning home, Münchhausen is said to have told a number of outrageously farfetched stories about his adventures.

      Münchhausen’s reputation as a storyteller has been exaggerated by writers, giving birth to a fully fictionalized literary character usually called simply Baron Münchhausen.

      Portrait by G. Bruckner, and the 1988 movie “Adventures of Baron Münchhausen

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    • #16903
      halanb
      Participant


      Monkey Girl (12 cm, 4.7 in, by Yuri)

      Another bell from Yuri Lazur, companion to his Monkey Drummer (above).

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    • #16904
      halanb
      Participant

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      Sherlock Holmes

      These bells were suggested by Marina Kyrychenko, inspired by her visits to London
      and to the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street.

      She worked with artist Vyacheslav Maleev to create the designs.

      Wikipedia: In 1881, Watson runs into an old friend of his named Stamford, who tells him that an acquaintance of his, Sherlock Holmes, is looking for someone to split the rent at a flat in 221B Baker Street. Watson meets Holmes for the first time at a local hospital, where Holmes is conducting a scientific experiment. Holmes and Watson list their faults to each other to determine whether they can live together. The first of Watson’s “confessions” is that he keeps a bull pup.

      Neither Sherlock Holmes nor Watson are ever said to have a dog in the books though, on occasion, they borrowed dogs such as Toby in ‘The Sign of Four,’ Pompey in ‘The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter,’ or the unnamed dog in ‘A Study in Scarlet.’

      Sidney Paget illustration, 1893. Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce, 1939.

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      Sherlock Holmes (large) (12 cm, 4.8 in, by Maleev)
      Clapper is magnifying glass and revolver.
      Large globe is moon as seen through the chimneys of London.

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      Sherlock Holmes (small) (10 cm, 4 in, by Maleev)
      Clapper is pipe with smoke. Marina decided to add a dog to this figure.

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      Tower of Babel (13 cm, 5.1 in, by Maleev)
      Clapper is Marduk, Babylonian name of a late-generation god
      from ancient Mesopotamia and patron deity of the city of Babylon.

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      Victoria Crown (9 cm, 3.6″, by Maleev)
      Clapper is script initial “V” and shaped like a coin.

      Inspired by the small crown created for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

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    • #16905
      halanb
      Participant


      Companions – Monkey Drummer & Monkey Girl (12 cm, 4.7 in, by Yuri)

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    • #16906
      halanb
      Participant


      Two bells under development. (April 2013)
      Both bells completed. (June 2013)

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      Winston Churchill (14 cm, 5.1 in, by Maleev)

      Wikipedia: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, Hon. RA (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, best known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, he served as Prime Minister twice (1940–45 and 1951–55). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature and was the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States.

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      Alexander Suvorov (15 cm, 5.5 in, by Maleev)

      Wikipedia: Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov (24 November 1729 or 1730 – 18 May 1800), Count Suvorov of Rymnik, Prince of Italy, Count of the Holy Roman Empire, was a Generalissimo of the Russian Empire.

      Suvorov is considered to be one of the few generals in history who never lost a battle (63-0). He was famed for his military manual The Science of Victory and noted for several of his sayings, including “What is difficult in training will become easy in a battle”, “The bullet is a mad thing; only the bayonet knows what it is about”, and “Perish yourself but rescue your comrade!”. He taught his soldiers to attack instantly and decisively: “Attack with the cold steel! Push hard with the bayonet!” He joked with the men, calling common soldiers ‘brother’, and shrewdly presented the results of detailed planning and careful strategy as the work of inspiration.

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    • #16907
      halanb
      Participant

      Winston Churchill and General Suvorov bells have been completed.
      See pictures above.

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    • #16908
      halanb
      Participant


      King Lear (12 cm, 4.7 in, 25 oz, by Maleev)

      For more information, see: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5236
      The bells were cast in bronze in April 2014.

      Front is King Lear and the Fool.
      Reverse is faces of the evil daughters Goneril & Regan.
      Clapper is a broken heart.

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