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05 December 2008
Round Wood Trading have added to their range of Home and Garden Features - including cast iron statues, garden benches and lamp posts - through the development of an exclusive range of Easter Island Head Statues
The inhabitants of the Polynesian Island of Rapa Nui, (Easter Island), carved 'Moai Statues', or Easter Island Heads, between 1250 and 1500 AD to commemorate their ancestors.
The largest stands over 10m tall. Their construction and transport is seen as one of the great feats of mankind.
Whilst Round Wood have dealt in other Easter Island reproductions in the past, the decision was made to develop a more portable, practical and exclusive range that does better justice to the originals.
The result are Easter Island Statues that weigh less than their smaller reconstituted stone and concrete counterparts.
The range includes a Giant 126cm model
– the largest available on a non-bespoke basis. Despite their lofty stature, they weigh a manageable 39kg.
The next two sizes come in at just over 80cm
, weighing 20kg and 8kg. A small reproduction statue
is also available, standing at 30cm and weighing just 5kg, despite maintaining a solid, authentic feel.
In addition to being an ideal garden ornament, these also make for eye-catching desktop/mantelpiece features. All four sizes are available in a range of finishes: Basalt Black, White Rock and Granite Grey. Discounts are available for bulk and combination purchases - such as our set of 3 giant statues, with one in each finish.
The Easter Island Heads do look particularly impressive when stood in number, as they are on Rapa Nui – where they were discovered by Dutch explorer Roggeveen in 1722.
It wasn’t for another 50 years that British explorer Captain James Cook sailed onto Easter Island on the HMS Resolution, by which time several had been toppled. They were subject to a more recent act of vandalism in March 2008 when a Finnish Tourist chipped off an ear of an ancient ‘Moai’, causing uproar on the Island.
04 December 2008
A new army of soldiers have set up camp at Round Wood! Whilst our Cast Iron Centurion Statues
still have barracks here, they have been superseded in number by an Oriental counterpart – the full-size Terracotta Warrior
Rank after rank of them arrived last week, having shared their transportation with a swathe of new Easter Island Heads, (see seperate story). Both have been exclusively designed for Round Wood using innovative manufacturing techniques.
Whilst these statues have been faithfully recreated in China, they are produced from a concrete and fibreglass composite – not Terracotta. This ensures they are frost proof and extremely durable. They also contain a woven internal fibreglass mesh to further support their structure.
The original Terracotta Warriors, (see below) varied in size according to status. Our full-size recreations are based on soldiers of a middle rank, with the upright warrior standing at 1.88 metres tall. An accompanying Kneeling Warrior/Archer
and 1m Half-Size Warrior
are also available.
TERRACOTTA WARRIOR HISTORY:
On 29th March 1974, seven Chinese farmers set about their daily business of digging irrigation wells in the parched landscape of Xi’an, Shaanxi province. Several hours later they had made one of the most important archaeological discoveries of modern times – an army of Terracotta Warriors.
Yang Zhifa, now perhaps the most famous of the group, struck one of the warriors on the head after digging 15 metres below the surface. “Everyone was afraid to touch it,” says Yang Quanyi, another of the seven. Two years later, major excavation begun on the site and exposed a 14,000 square metre vault containing an army of 6,000 figures. Further exploration uncovered two smaller vaults and further units bringing the total to well over 8,000 men.
The army, along with horses, chariots and weapons, stood ready to march into the afterlife to ensure the continued military might of their creator Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of modern day China.
27 October 2008
One of our most popular garden statues, the cast iron Happy Hippo
, is the latest feature in our range to be offered in a selection of finishes.
Only a natural rust model of the cast iron statue has previously been available, but it now has an 'Antique White'
The Antique White has been designed to weather and allow the rust from the cast iron beneath to work through. As such, the Hippo’s patina will develop over time giving it a natural, aged appearance.
Other garden statues
now available in Antique White include our Cast Iron Cockerels, Chickens, Wolf Busts, Fifties Nudes and cast iron Stags, known as ‘White Harts’.
We are also offering a selection of our garden benches
and lamp posts
in different finishes, including Forest Green and the Antique White.
16 October 2008
We now have our cast iron bust of a Wolf
back in stock, along with several other favourites from our range.
Whilst the statue was initially described as a fox, our team of experts have concluded that the statue is actually a representation of its wilder relative. Our apologies for any confusion this has caused.
The bust is cast in iron and hand finished. The statue is now also available in Antique White – keep an eye out for the photos we will be adding soon.
Another statue available in both finishes is our fifties nude. This classic portrait retails at £34 in Rust
and £36 in Antique White
. It has proved very popular with customers who have an eye for antiquities.
Also coming up are photos of our cast iron Gothic Bench
in a range of finishes.
03 October 2008
Several of our most popular cast iron statues are due back in stock next week, including the Happy Hippo
, Japanese Tosa Dog
and Wolf's Head
Another favourite, the cast iron Cougar Head
statue, has already arrived, but only a few remain after several were forward ordered.
Much of the upcoming shipment has already also been set aside. Other statues arriving are the Fifties Nude, Virgin Mary
and Roman Lady Bust
Also arriving are cast iron garden benches in a range of finishes, cast iron tap stands and cast iron lamp posts.
If there is a statue that you require, but cannot find in our collection, please do not hesitate to contact us as we are able to provide a sourcing service through our network of contacts.
18 July 2008
It’s time for the Roman Centurions
currently garrisoned at Round Wood to move on and defend pastures new. New troops are being shipped in, so we are looking for new barracks for our existing officers.
We won’t charge for their mobilisation and we will even give you 10% off their stipend. So whilst they do always have to travel in pairs, at our discounted rate they will only cost you £1980 a set, (normal price £2200 plus delivery).
Each Centurion stands 2m, weighs over 250kg and comes with his own detachable pike! They are hand cast in iron and free stand. As a cast iron statue, the Centurion will develop its own unique patina through exposure to the elements.
Our range of cast iron statues is rapidly developing – in particular our Portraits
. There will be several new additions to our cast iron statues in our next container.
13 June 2008
We now have available a 'White Hart
' - one of our cast iron stags coated with an antique white finish.
The finish been designed to allow the rust from the cast iron to develop and show through, giving a truly unique and evolving patina.
This is currently a one-off piece. Several of our other cast iron garden statues are now also avaialable in the antique white finish, including the fifties nude and several of the horse statues.
30 May 2008
A number of our popular items will be back in stock next week, including the cast iron Hippo
and cast iron Tosa Dog
The unusual nature of these cast iron statues saw our first batches snapped up in the Spring, with several then being forward ordered. As a result our new stock is already limited, so if you you have an interest you are advised to contact us now.
Also arriving will be the larger cast iron doormats, including some in white. Other products with a white matt finish for the first time will be the cast iron lattice planters and urns.
Details to follow.