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Original beeswax mold for Leonardo da Vinci's "Horse And Rider" presented in Los Angeles
The original beeswax mold for The Leonardo da Vinci sculpture "Horse And Rider" is seen on display for the first time ever at Greystone Mansion on August 27, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Michael Buckner/Getty Images/AFP.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- A-once-in-a-lifetime find of a Leonardo da Vinci sculpture was unveiled to the world at a private event at the historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills California. Made from the mold of a beeswax statue dating back over 500 years, the sculpture has been authenticated to come from the hands of Renaissance Master, Leonardo da Vinci.

For over 25 years, the owner has kept the irreplaceable mold safe and carefully pondered its future. He is now ready to share his masterpiece with the world and raise money to help people in need. Mold owner, businessman Richard A. Lewis, has joined forces with longtime Art Broker, Rod Maly and Certified Fine Art Appraiser, Brett Maly of Art encounterTM in Las Vegas to create an unprecedented limited edition offering of the sculpture to the public. Mr. Lewis has agreed to donate one million dollars to The Salvation Army based on sales of the edition.

The Provenance: Circa 1508, Leonardo sculpts a Renaissance figure in military regalia on a horse from a block of solid beeswax for his friend and benefactor, French military governor, Charles d’Amboise. The beeswax study was presumed to be a model for a larger, never-completed monument of the governor. After his death in 1519, Leonardo’s star pupil, Francesco Melzi, inherited the sculpture along with the rest of Leonardo’s effects. It is believed to have remained with his family, in Italy, until the 1930s when it was taken to Switzerland, for safekeeping, as war broke out.

Photos of the beeswax model appear in the Catalogue Raisonné of Leonardo’s drawings known as the Queen’s Collection at Windsor Castle, Horses and Other Animals. The beeswax model is also well documented in the scholarly work “Leonardo da Vinci: Scientist, Inventor, Artist” by Otto Letze and Thomas Buchsteiner. In “Leonardo: Discovering the Life of Leonardo da Vinci” French author Serge Bramly discusses the genius’s lifelong interest in horses and how they moved.

Fast forward to 1985, a group of businessmen traveling to Switzerland is shown the hand-carved sculpture in beeswax. Intrigued, they contacted the foremost authority on the life and works of Leonardo, Dr. Carlo Pedretti to authenticate the work. Following a thorough examination of the beeswax, on July 10, 1985, Prof. Pedretti proclaimed in writing, “In my opinion, this wax model is by Leonardo himself,” and dubbed the one-of-a-kind sculpture “Horse and Rider.”

Based on the authentication, they decided it was imperative to create a mold from the delicate wax sculpture to preserve the work and honor the artist’s intent.

Fascinated with the story and importance of the discovery, Mr. Lewis, engineer and real estate businessman, takes possession of the original mold of “Horse and Rider” in New York, along with all the supporting documentation. Twenty-five years later, the mold was restored and cast in bronze at one of the country’s oldest and most revered fine arts foundries, The American Fine Arts Foundry in Burbank, California.
In May 2012, upon examination of the bronze casting derived from the mold, Professor Pedretti exclaimed, “Perfect, perfect, perfect!”



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