Bronzetti

Archive of the Mendocino Heritage Artists

THE ZACHA BRONZETTI

Booklet cover for William Zacha's solo exhibit at Galleria
Booklet cover for William Zacha’s solo exhibit at Galleria Schneider in Rome (1981).

“Of all my art work I’ve ever done, I’d most like to sign my name on these.” – Bill Zacha

William Zacha’s bronzetti, small bronze figures from 7” to 14” high, are true hot cast bronze, modeled in wax, between 1973 and 1982 in Mendocino and Rome, then cast using the lost wax method. The earliest bronzetti are solid cast; later figures are hollow cast. None are cold cast (bronze resin).

Many of the Zacha bronzetti are editions of one; with a couple of exceptions, no more than three were cast of any one figure. Most are signed or initialed.

When two or three castings have been made of a Zacha sculpture, the resulting figures are not identical. Subtle differences in dimensions and pose, and differences in William Zacha’s signatures and other notations, indicate the use of separate moulds and make each piece unique.

Zacha’s small bronze nudes are closely observed portraits, capturing the unique bodies and spirits of his models. Zacha studied sculpture with Octavio Medallin, and with Ruth Cravath, but his strong composition in the round, and the honesty and vitality of his bronzetti, have less in common with the work of those early mentors than with the bronzes of Rodin.

Please contact our archivist with photos, or new information about the Zacha Bronzetti. Please address any questions to Lucia Zacha.

AJAX

Ajax is the first of the Zacha bronzetti (1973). Two views. Solid cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha, edition of one. Figure alone: dimensions, 11" x 12.5" / weight, 15 lbs. SKU: WZ197360
Ajax is the first of the Zacha bronzetti (1973). Two views. Solid cast bronze figure by William Zacha, edition of one. Figure alone: dimensions 11″ x 12.5″ / weight 15 lbs. SKU: WZ197360*

MENDOCINO

Mendocino is the second of the Zacha bronzetti (1973). Two views. Solid cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha, edition of one. Dimensions, 9" x 8". SKU: WZ197385
Mendocino is the second of the Zacha bronzetti (1973). Two views. Solid cast bronze figure by William Zacha, edition of one. Dimensions 9″ x 8″. SKU: WZ197385*

GANYMEDE

Ganymede, solid cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha, edition of one, (1973-1974), two views. Figure alone: dimensions, 4" x 13.5". SKU: WZ197450
Ganymede: solid cast bronze figure by William Zacha, edition of one, (1973-1974). Two views. Figure alone: dimensions 4″ x 13.5″. SKU: WZ197450

ELDER BROTHER

Elder Brother, solid cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha, edition of one (1973). Two views. Figure alone: dimensions, 10" x 9.25" / weight, 22 lbs. SKU: WZ197488
Elder Brother: solid cast bronze figure by William Zacha, edition of one (1973). Two views. Figure alone: dimensions 10″ x 9.25″ / weight 22 lbs. SKU: WZ197488

TELEMACHUS

Telemachus, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1976), two views. Edition of no more than three. Figure alone: dimensions, 7.25" x 8" / weight 8.75 lbs. SKU: WZ197661
Telemachus: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1976). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Figure alone: dimensions 7.25″ x 8″ / weight 8.75 lbs. SKU: WZ197661*

PRIAM I

Priam I, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1977), three views. Edition mark: 1/6. Figure alone: dimensions, 5.5" x 13.75" / weight 8 lbs. SKU: WZ197752
Priam I: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1977). Three views. Edition mark: 1/6. Figure alone: dimensions 5.5″ x 13.75″ / weight 8 lbs. SKU: WZ197752*

PRIAM II

Priam II, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1977), two views. Projected edition, no more than six. Dimensions, 5.5" x 13.75" / weight 8 lbs. SKU: WZ197753
Priam II: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1977), two views. Projected edition: no more than six. Dimensions, 5.5″ x 13.75″ / weight 8 lbs. SKU: WZ197753*
The small opening below the left knee occurred during the casting process and does not compromise structural integrity of Bill Zacha's Priam II (detail).
The small opening below the left knee of Priam II (visible in the photograph above) occurred during the casting process, and does not compromise structural integrity of the figure (detail).
Priam II carries a bold signature inside the back of the left knee: ZACHA '77 ROMA (detail).
Priam II carries bold identification inside the back of the left knee: ZACHA ’77 ROMA (detail).

PATROCLUS I

Patroclus I, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1977), two views. Quantity cast, one. Figure and base together: dimensions, 14” x 8.75“ / weight 6 lbs. SKU: WZ197757
Patroclus I: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1977) Two views. Quantity cast: one. Figure and base together: dimensions 14” x 8.75“ / weight 6 lbs. SKU: WZ197757*

PATROCLUS II

Patroclus II, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1977), two views. Quantity cast, one. Dimensions including base: 13 ¾" x 8.75”. SKU: WZ197758
Patroclus II: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1977). Two views. Quantity cast: one. Dimensions including base: 13 ¾” x 8.75”. SKU: WZ197758*

Patroclus I and Patroclus II strongly resemble each other, but are distinctly different. For example, while both figures are running, Patroclus I takes a short stride on a square base, with hips over the center of the base, while Patroclus II takes a longer stride onto the end of a rectangular base. Also, the breadth and modeling of the figures’ chests are not identical, and the clarity of the identification engraved on Patroclus II (ZACHA ’77 ROMA) contrasts with Zacha’s more obscure identification marks on Patroclus I.

ENVOY

Envoy, hollow cast bronze by Bill Zacha (Rome 1979). Edition 5 of 6, two views. Photos courtesy of Antique Orchard. SKU: WZ197930
Envoy: hollow cast bronze by William Zacha (Rome 1979). Two views. Edition: 5 of 6. Photos courtesy of Antique Orchard. SKU: WZ197930
Envoy, hollow cast bronze by Bill Zacha (Rome 1979), edition 5 of 6, two views. Photo courtesy of Antique Orchard. Envoy, hollow cast bronze by Bill Zacha (Rome 1979). Edition 5 of 6, two views. Photos courtesy of Antique Orchard. SKU: WZ197930
Envoy: hollow cast bronze by William Zacha (Rome 1979). Two views. Edition 5 of 6. Photo courtesy of Antique Orchard. SKU: WZ197930
View of base, Envoy, hollow cast bronze by Bill Zacha (Rome 1979). Photo courtesy of Antique Orchard.
Envoy: hollow cast bronze by William Zacha (Rome 1979). View of base. Photo courtesy of Antique Orchard.

ORION I

Orion I, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1977), two views. Edition mark: 2/6. Quantity cast, no more than three. Dimensions 8.5" x 10.5" / weight 7.5 lbs. SKU: WZ197973
Orion I: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1977). Two views. Edition mark: 2/6. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions 8.5″ x 10.5″ / weight 7.5 lbs. SKU: WZ197973*

ORION II

Orion II, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1979), two views. Quantity cast, no more than three. Dimensions 9.5" x 8.125" / weight 7.25 lbs. SKU: WZ197974
Orion II: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1979). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions 9.5″ x 8.125″ / weight 7.25 lbs. SKU: WZ197974*

While Orion I and Orion II resemble each other in pose, the positions of the heads, and facial expressions, are each unique.

HECTOR

Hector, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1980), two views. Quantity cast, no more than three. Dimensions including base 13.25" x 6.5" / weight 5 lbs. SKU: WZ198053
Hector:  hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1980). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions, including travertine base, 13.25″ x 6.5″ / weight, including base, 5 lbs. SKU: WZ198053*

ENDYMION

Endymion, hollow cast bronze by Bill Zacha (1980), figure and base cast separately Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions including base, 13.5" x 9.75" / weight, including base, 8 lbs. SKU: WZ198069
Endymion: hollow cast bronze by William Zacha (1980), figure and base cast separately. Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions, including base, 13.5″ x 9.75″ / weight, including base, 8 lbs. SKU: WZ198069*

Endymion is used here as an example of the difficulty in relying on photographs (and, in some cases, photographers) to provide accurate records of color.

A professional photographer, hired by the Zacha family to provide straightforward documentation of the individual bronzetti, chose instead to “interpret” all the Zacha bronzetti in a dramatic golden bronze.

Views of Bill Zacha's Endymion (1980), showing two photographic interpretations of Endymion's patina. Left photo, Zacha family work for hire; right photo by Gartha German. SKU: WZ198069
Views of William Zacha’s Endymion (1980), showing two photographic interpretations of the figure’s patina. Left-hand photo, Zacha family work for hire; right-hand photo by Gartha German. SKU: WZ198069*

The intermediate color is a Zacha technician’s attempt to color correct the works for hire, to more closely resemble the original work, which is reported as “dark chocolate brown.” Gartha German’s photo shows the darkest patina.

The other Zacha bronzetti have a variety of patinas, few of which of which are perfectly represented in photographs.

APOLLODORUS

Apollodorus, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1980), two views. Edition marked 3/5. Quantity cast, no more than three. Dimensions 7.25" x 12" / weight 5 lbs. SKU: WZ198070
Apollodorus: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1980). Two views. Edition marked 3/5. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions 7.25″ x 12″ / weight 5 lbs. SKU: WZ198070*

ORESTES

Orestes, bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1980), hollow cast in one piece. Two views. Quantity cast, no more than three. Dimensions 9.25 x 4.25" / weight 5 lbs. SKU: WZ198075
Orestes: bronze figure by William Zacha (1980), hollow cast in one piece. Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions 9.25 x 4.25″ / weight 5 lbs. SKU: WZ198075

ACTAEON

Actaeon, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1980). Two views. Quantity cast, no more than three. Dimensions, including travertine base, 13.5'' x 6.3'' / weight 5.3 lbs. SKU: WZ198080
Actaeon: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1980). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions, including travertine base, 13.5” x 6.3” / weight, including base, 5.3 lbs. SKU: WZ198080*

ACHILLES

Achilles, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (before 1982). Two views. Quantity cast, no more than three. SKU: WZ198159
Achilles: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (before 1982). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. SKU: WZ198159

ODYSSEUS

Odysseus, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1981). Two views. Quantity cast, no more than three. Dimensions, no base, 5.75" x 12.5 / weight 8 lbs. SKU: WZ198162
Odysseus: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1981). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions 5.75″ x 12.5 / weight 8 lbs. No base. SKU: WZ198162*

DIOMEDES

Diomedes, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1981). Two views. Quantity cast, no more than three. Dimensions, including travertine base, 10.5" x 6.75" / weight, including base, 9 lbs. SKU: WZ198163
Diomedes: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1981). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions, including travertine base, 10.5″ x 6.75″ / weight, including base, 9 lbs. SKU: WZ198163*

PALAMEDES

Palamedes, bronze figure by Bill Zacha, figure and base, hollow cast in one piece (1981). Two views. Quantity cast, no more than three. Dimension 8” x 11.6" / weight 6.5 lbs. SKU: WZ198165
Palamedes: bronze by William Zacha, figure and base, hollow cast in one piece (1981). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimension 8” x 11.6″ / weight 6.5 lbs. SKU: WZ198165*

HERAKLES

Herakles, bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1981), hollow cast in one piece . Two views. Quantity cast, no more than three. Dimensions 9.25 x 7.25 / weight 7.5 lbs. SKU: WZ198167
Herakles: bronze figure by William Zacha (1981), hollow cast in one piece. Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions 9.25 x 7.25 / weight 7.5 lbs. SKU: WZ198167*

ORPHEUS

Orpheus, bronze figure by Bill Zacha, hollow cast in one piece (1981). Two views. Quantity cast, no more than three. Dimensions 9.25” x 6.25" / weight 7.25 lbs. SKU: WZ198170
Orpheus: bronze figure by William Zacha, hollow cast in one piece (1981). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions 9.25” x 6.25″ / weight 7.25 lbs. SKU: WZ198170*

MENELAUS

Menelaus: hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1981). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions, including travertine base, 9.875" x 8.25” / weight, including base, 9 lbs. SKU: WZ198172
Menelaus: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1981). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions, including travertine base, 9.875″ x 8.25” / weight, including base, 9 lbs. SKU: WZ198172*

AMPHION

Amphion, hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (before 1981).
Amphion: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (before 1981). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. SKU: WZ198178

BEHOLD THE SEA

Behold the Sea: bronze figure by Bill Zacha, hollow cast in one piece with base (1981). The center of the three views is from the 1981 exhibit at Galleria Schneider in Rome. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions 8" x 7" / weight 5 lbs. SKU: WZ198187
Behold the Sea: bronze figure by William Zacha, hollow cast in one piece with base (1981). The center view is the cover image from the 1981 exhibit at Galleria Schneider in Rome. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions 8″ x 7″ / weight 5 lbs. SKU: WZ198187

PISTONI

Pistoni: hollow cast bronze by Bill Zacha (1981). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. WZ198192
Pistoni: hollow cast bronze by William Zacha (1981). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. WZ198192

MATTHAIOS

Matthaios: hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1982). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions, including travertine base, 9” x 10.875” / weight 10 lbs including base. SKU: WZ198282
Matthaios: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1982). Two views. Quantity cast: no more than three. Dimensions, including travertine base, 9” x 10.875” / weight, including base, 10 lbs. SKU: WZ198282*

VESPERS

Vespers: hollow cast bronze figure by Bill Zacha (1981). Four views. Quantity cast, one. SKU: WZ198190
Vespers: hollow cast bronze figure by William Zacha (1981). Four views. Quantity cast, one. SKU: WZ198190*

NOTES:
– In individual descriptions, “left” and “right” refer to the figure’s left or right, not the viewer’s.
– Due to the limitations of reproduction, the images here do not represent exact color.The patinas of the individual bronzes range from warm beige through browns and blacks; many of the bronzes are darker than pictured.

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