DetailsWhere The Best of Riders Quit Charles Russell 14 1/2 " x 9 7/8 " x 9 1/8" Charlie Russell lived the true cowboy life and would have been seen and ridden many bucking horses. Some of the wilder horses would fight and intentionally throw themself backward in a attempt to injure the rider. Russell was familiar with such horses and used the theme in a illustration he did in 1889. Much later in 1921 he sculpted this bronze in one of his most popular sculptures "Where The Best of Riders Quit". His wife Nancy later wrote a description about it-" The old cowpuncher knew his horse and it is often a battle of wits when he was" breaking" him to ride. The horse is making a fight and is figuring on landing on his rider. The rider, being of the best, is thinking too. As he steps off his horse he will be standing beside him when he lands and, having ahold of the cheek piece of the hackamore, will have the horse bump his head a little harder when he hits the ground. As the horse comes up the cowpuncher will grasp the horn and be in the saddle when he gets on his feet again. Most horses think twice before they throw themself a second time". One of the 15 original "Where The Best of Riders Quit" was sold at Sotheby's NY Auction in 2008 for $469,000, another sold 2006 brought $352,000. Charles Marion Russell (March 19, 1864 – October 24, 1926), also known as C. M. Russell, Charlie Russell, and "Kid" Russell, was an artist of the Old American West. Russell created more than 2,000 paintings of cowboys, Indians, and landscapes set in the Western United States, in addition to bronze sculptures. Known as 'the cowboy artist', Russell was also a storyteller and author. The C. M. Russell Museum Complex located in Great Falls, Montana houses more than 2,000 Russell artworks, personal objects, and artifacts. Freight is included in the price of this piece. This bronze will last forever outdoors. It is made to stand up to the elements and will look great wherever you place it with little or no maintenance. This is an excellent quality bronze masterpiece for impressive display in home, office, outdoors or as gifts. Our quality bronze sculpture can proudly be passed down from generation to generation. For over 40 years our bronzes are Foundry Direct which are handmade and cast in the traditional Lost Wax Casting Process like a 100 years ago. You are assured highest quality and lowest price. We guarantee the lowest price on the market. If you find a comparable bronze at a lower verified price we will do our best to beat it by $10.00 or more. Most mounted onto a green marble base. Most bronzes are signed on base .Please click on the thumbnail images above to see additional views of this detailed artwork, and then click on any image to enlarge it. We guarantee your satisfaction. If there are any questions please call so you can speak with a helpful, friendly and knowledgeable sales staff at Toll Free 1-866-870-5271. *All measurements shown are approximate. Due to patina finish colors may vary greatly from shown. Prices are subject to change. We have thousands of bronzes to choose from and the largest selection all at wholesale prices to the public. Art was always a part of Russell's life. Growing up in Missouri, he drew sketches and made clay figures of animals. Russell had an intense interest in the wild west and would spend hours reading about it. Russell would watch explorers and fur traders who frequently came through Missouri. Russell learned to ride horses at Hazel Dell Farm near Jerseyville, Illinois on a famous Civil War horse called "Great Britain". Russell's instructor was Col. William H. Fulkerson who had married into the Russell family. At the age of sixteen, Russell left school and went to Montana to work on a sheep ranch. In 1882, by the age of 18, Russell was working as a cattle hand. The harsh winter of 1886 and 1887 provided the inspiration for a painting that would give Russell his first taste of publicity. According to stories, Russell was working on the O-H Ranch in the Judith Basin of Central Montana when the ranch foreman received a letter from the owner, asking how the cattle herd had weathered the winter. Instead of a letter, the ranch foreman sent a postcard-sized watercolor Russell had painted of gaunt steer being watched by wolves under a gray winter sky. The ranch owner showed the postcard to friends and business acquaintances and eventually displayed it in a shop window in Helena, Montana. After this, work began to come steadily to the artist. Russell's caption on the sketch, "Waiting for a Chinook", became the title of the drawing, and Russell later created a more detailed version which is one of his best-known works. Russell's mural titled Lewis and Clark Meeting the Flathead Indians hangs in the state capitol building in Helena, Montana. Russell's 1918 painting Piegans sold for $5.6 million dollars at a 2005 auction. Our bronze statues are extremely popular and proudly displayed in gardens, parks, homes, schools, cities, and fine galleries throughout the country. Most any of our children bronzes can be done in custom color patinas. Welded mounting nuts for permanent installation at your location can be added for $49.00. If there are any questions please call so you can speak with a helpful, friendly and knowledgeable sales staff at Toll Free.1-866-870-5271. This NEW bronze statue is hand finished and cast in the traditional Lost Wax Casting Process. This is a multi step process that insures a quality bronze sculpture that may be passed down from generation to generation. Most sculptures are mounted on a beautiful marble bases and includes an engraved brass plaque with sculpture name and artist. Most bronzes have the artist signatures on bronze. Each piece of art holds intricate details and realistic qualities, each a unique quality of art that blends the process of Lost Wax Casting Process as well as hands on detailing. We offer FREE SHIPPING with each of our items within the USA. Each of our items is heavy in weight so we pack each shipment securely so it will arrive in perfect condition. After your order is received and payment is made we start the process of the final detail on each sculpture, meaning the finishing hands on details and assembling the marble base on the bottom. Our items in stock are shipped out within 7 days of your payment by Fed Ex. We inspect each piece for workmanship and quality and hand pack each order so please be patient in delivery as we insure your order is of high quality and meets our standards. We do ship with delivery confirmation so we can track it’s delivery to insure it reaches you! Lowest price guaranteed. We guarantee the lowest price on the market. If you find a comparable bronze at a lower verified price we will do our best to beat it by $10.00 or more. If there are any questions please call so you can speak with a helpful, friendly and knowledgeable sales staff at Toll Free.1-866-870-5271. Returns: We know you will love you new bronze masterpiece but if you are not happy for any reason we will except returns within 14 days of delivery to you. In 40 years it is rare that anything is returned and most are for exchange or larger piece. Buyers usual call and order more bronzes and tell friends and family to purchase our bronzes. Buyer is responsible for original delivery charges and any return shipping charges. Any return must be sent with delivery confirmation. We want to make sure you are happy with your purchase so please call us at 866-870-5271 with any questions! Refunds: All refunds are the original cost of the statue minus shipping and will be made directly to your account if you chose to return the bronze. After item is received we will issue the refund of the original cost of the statue minus shipping.
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We know you will love you new bronze masterpiece but if you are not happy for any reason we will except returns within 14 days of delivery to you. In 40 years it is rare that anything is returned and most are for exchange or larger piece. Buyers usual call and order more bronzes and tell friends and family to purchase our bronzes. Buyer is responsible for original delivery charges and any return shipping charges. Any return must be sent with delivery confirmation. number given when you call and request return. We want to make sure you are happy with your purchase so please call us at 866-870-5271 with any questions!
All sales are final no refunds on all Special Order Bronzes. There is a approximate 8 to 10 week or longer wait for special order bronzes. No refunds on any special order bronzes.
All refunds must have a return number given by calling 866-870-5271. The original cost of the statue minus shipping both ways and will be made directly to your account if you chose to return the bronze. After item is received we will issue the refund of the original cost of the statue minus buyer is responsible for original delivery charges and any return shipping charges and pays shipping both ways *The Jumbo, Monumental and Heroic statues are special order and non refundable. These special order non refundable bronzes are made to order bronzes. All have approximate shipping times. All approximate shipping times may vary with the bronze completion time. All larger bronzes are shipped free by freight. Please provide a contact number for completion & delivery. All measurements are approximate. Mounting brackets for larger sizes can be welded on for permanent installation at your location for added $50.00.