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Official Zadar Miniatures Archive Catalog

The Miniature Art of American Artist Randall Zadar

Randall Zadar

Limited Edition Bronze
Fine Art Miniature Sculpture

A Complete Catalog From the Studios Archives by Randall Zadar
1994 to 2017

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2015 Center Stage – A Highly Technical Miniature Bronze Sculpture – 1 inch Tall

 

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2015 Miniature Porcelain Set – Antique Porcelain was Always a Favorite to Reproduce in Miniature

 

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Figurines Under One Inch Tall

 

The Catalog

The purpose of this catalog is to tell the story of Zadar Miniatures and to document the work by providing information to collectors, museums, and art historians. Information like production numbers, issue price, and background stories are valuable to art collectors. The production numbers are of major interest to collectors as they reveal the rarity of the work. That information is kept in journals in the studio but now will be available online. The records show that the work was never mass-produced by the nature of the difficult process of Lost Wax Casting. Production numbers are low (usually under 100 pieces) making the collection rarer. Also important to note, that all the pieces have passed through my hands at every stage of production. The work was always produced in my studio where I sculpted the pieces, made the molds, cast and painted on every piece.

 

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2013 Wolfhounds – 7/8 Inch Tall

 

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2008 Bluebirds – A Highly Technical Bronze Miniature Figurine – 1 Inch Tall

 

The story of Zadar Miniatures is one of overcoming obstacles and challenges. Of being resourceful and creative to find solutions to complicated problems. There were many failures and setbacks, but I always kept going because I believed in the art and the collectors expected me to advance to new levels. Each piece presented its own set of new challenges, from sculpting, molding, casting to painting. But that kept it interesting. So there is a story behind each piece and I will comment on each one of them.

 

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Incredibly Detailed Flower Collector Set – 3/4 Inch Tall

 

The comments and stories I share are my thoughts about each piece. Why I made the piece and what I went through to make it. What was happening at the time and the ever-increasing challenges I set for myself. My intent of this website is to promote the body of work. To inform and to give insight into the work. Sometimes just looking at a piece, it is difficult to appreciate what it took to produce it. Each has a story, some ending in disaster. At times the rules I had to break to cast the pieces was dangerous. Basically, to cast bronze I had to heat the metal to about 2000 degrees and then spin it around at high speed in a centrifugal casting machine. Things can go wrong and sometimes did when your working with molten hot bronze.

 

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Advanced Micro-Sculptures in Bronze – 1/2 Inch Tall

 

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Micro Figurines Were Always Popular – 3/8 Inch Tall

 

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2001 Pond Encounter – One of the Story Line Pieces – 7/8 Inch Tall

 

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Dressage Miniature – 7/8 Inch Tall

 

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Humming Bird Vase – 1 Inch Tall

 

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Zadar Miniatures Used in Miniature Settings

 

This archival catalog covers all the pieces made from the first to the last. There are 240 pieces in the collection from the first one in 1994 to the last in 2017. Production numbers will be added to the catalog as well as unusual items like studio samples, artist proofs, prototypes and paint tests over time. The secondary market values will be noted if supplied by actual sales. If you contact me I can forward you information I have from other sources of any pieces I may know for sale. All pieces are on the secondary market. All Zadar Miniatures were only made from bronze, silver or gold.

 

The Beginning

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1948 Tucker – The Miniature Car That Started it All in 1994

 

Before going on I should probably comment on how this all got started. I am often asked how did I get started making miniature bronze figurines. Kind of a different career choice and one I didn’t plan for, think of or even knew it existed. So the best answer is, it found me. In 1992 I was running my own office machine business. I became restless and started looking for another career. This started me on the road of creativity, something that was not new to me as I was always making things growing up.

 

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Very Popular Lee Series – Based on a Family Photograph – 3/4 Inch Tall

 

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Go-Fetch Showing Scale

 

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Grape Eaters I and II an Early Milestone Piece in 1995 – 7/8 Inch Tall

 

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1997 Sleeper Awakened Painted in Color and Classic White – 1 Inch Tall

 

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2015 Robin Hood – 1 Inch Tall

 

The first thing I tried was some inventions based on a mechanical motion. At the same time, I discovered my love of antique classic cars especially the 1948 Tucker Automobile. The Tucker Car was the spark that really started it all. Many of the early projects I made featured a Tucker, including some wood burnt plaques that I made. One of these plaques of the Tucker I showed to my Uncle Jerome and he immediately suggested I sculpt a Tucker out of wax and cast it in silver.

 

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1996 Chestnuts and Tales – Based on a Borsato Porcelain Which Greatly Influenced the Future Zadar Miniatures in Design, Style, and Detail

 

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Cassandra 1998 – Extremely Detailed Miniature – 3/4 Inch Tall

 

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1997 Victorian Elegance I and II

 

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Victorian Elegance – One Inch Tall and Full of Detail

 

I had never sculpted anything before and had no idea I could. My uncle was a part-time jeweler and knew everything about the process. As he showed me the wax and how to shape it, something inside me said; “I can do this.” I took the tools and supplies home and eagerly started sculpting the Tucker miniature car. From that project, I learned how to sculpt, make molds, cast and finish pieces. My uncle set up a casting shop in his garage and we spent an entire year working through failure after failure until I finally had a good casting of the Tucker. The lessons learned in these early days was the basis for the mold making and casting successes throughout my career.

 

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Three Graces 1997 – Extremely Technical in Mold Making and Casting – One of the Most Sought After Miniatures – 7/8 Inch Tall

 

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1997 Angels At Play – 7/8 Inch Tall

 

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The Smallest and Most Detailed Bronze Cast Sculptures Ever Made

 

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More Very Small Bronze Cast Miniatures – 1/8 to 2/8 Inch Tall

 

One of those Tuckers, I took to local miniature show and met a miniature art dealer from Chicago. He encouraged me strongly to continue and to work smaller in the 1/12th scale. That was the fall of 1993 and by the spring of 1994, I had my first six miniatures ready for debut at an art show in Chicago. By 1995 business was booming and I closed my office machine business and went full time into miniature art.

 

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Small Cars with Mice – Pieces Featuring Stories and Animals Were Always a Favorite

 

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Cottages – Just Some of the Diverse Subject Matter – 7/8 Inch Tall

 

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Christmas Collector Set – 1 Inch Tall

 

One thing is for sure, I never got locked into a certain theme. The body of work is very diverse with many different themes. I always tried to keep it interesting and fresh by constantly pushing myself to new levels. This variety I believe was a major benefit to the body of work and something collectors continue to enjoy.

 

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The Cube – 1999 Fellow Status in the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, Number 236

 

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Sitting Mouse Promotion Piece

 

The studio is no longer producing figurines. All pieces are retired. If you are looking for a particular piece or need information, use the contact form to inquire.

There are probably only five or six complete collections with the same serial number from piece #1 to #240 that exist. There are other collections that are large and near complete. It would not be possible to put together a complete collection with the same serial number. There is a complete collection from piece #1 through piece #240, with a low serial number currently available. Offered as a complete collection only. Includes all boxes, documentation, displays, and display case. Serious inquiries only. Great opportunity for a museum or serious collector of Contemporary American Art.

 

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Randall Zadar 2017

 

Currently, I spend my time restoring vintage and antique watches as well as writing this catalog. Thanks for visiting my website.
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