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Kilchoman Celtic Cross (Islay)

This piece is a depiction of the Kilchoman Cross on the Island of Islay, which dates back to around the 1300s when the medieval St. Coman’s church was built. The highly detailed Cross, carved in Iona style, measures 8 feet 4 inches in height.


The east face of the cross which I have sculpted, carries a depiction of the crucifixion with Christ surrounded by saints including St Mary, St John and St Michael. The side arms of the cross are decorated with carved angels. Amongst the other carvings on the cross are two figures, thought to depict the man who commissioned the cross, and his father, who was among those it commemorated. Part of the shaft carries an inscription in Latin which translates as: "This cross is by Thomas, son of Patrick the doctor. It is for the souls of his father, his mother and his wife, and the souls of all the faithful departed, and of the said..." at which point it seems to run out of space. Thomas and Patrick are thought to have been members of the Beaton family, who were doctors in the parish. At the foot of the cross shaft is a carving of a horseman, possibly engaged in a hunt.


Indoors Wall Hanging. This piece comes ready with a hanging hole on the rear to enable it to be hung flush to a suitable wall from a pin-nail.


HOW THIS MINIATURE WAS CREATED


After many hours researching a subject, I travel the country to measure, sketch and photograph it. This information is brought to my workshop where I set about producing a detailed scale drawing. Once this is completed I use the drawing alongside the photographs to enable me to carve and sculpt the subject in miniature. This whole process  takes many hours, often running into the hundreds. At the end the miniature sculpture becomes the master model with which I make the molds. Each resin casting I make from the molds is an exact reproduction of my original sculpture. I then spend a great deal of time with each and every casting to prepare and paint it using a variety of spray and brush techniques to create a realistic representation of the original, ancient subject. Every stage of this piece you see here is crafted entirely by hand.


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The original cross from Islay

Hand Painted. Resin-cast reproduction of Stuart Fellowes’ original sculpture.

Size: H=230mm W=75mm

C20 Kilchoman Celtic Cross

Available at Select Retail outlets (see links page) and online at my Etsy shop

Online price £ 18.00 & P+P. Ships worldwide