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Roman Bronze Works, Inc., New York

Established in 1897 and trademarked as Roman Bronze Works, Inc. in 1900 by its founder Riccardo Bertelli in New York.  Next to their contemporary, Gorham Founders Co., Roman Bronze Works was one of the first American foundries to succeed commercially with the cire purdue, or lost-wax, casting method.  While sand-casting foundries were common, the ability to execute complex art sculpture that rivaled their European counterparts is only possible with the lost-wax method.  They were the premier foundry for artists in Canada and the United States working in bronze during the first half of the 20th century, signing exclusive contracts with some of the most important artists of their era, including an exclusive relationship with Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.  Their archive 1902 through 1977 was acquired by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.