Bronze Sculpture Consultation Services

We, at the Paul King Foundry, are experts on the history of bronze casting and the various techniques used throughout the ages. We have restored and repaired antique bronze statuary. The challenging problems involving new and antique sculpture are approached with the eye of an artist and the hands of a skilled art foundry craftsman. We are specialists in 19th and 20th century European and American bronzes. Authentication of bronze statues by style and technique used is an offered service. We can also recommend scientific analytic testing as a valued resource for the owners of public and private sculpture. As an expert on bronze sculpture, for insurance, legal claims and authentications, we provide examinations of contemporary and antique sculpture as well suggesting treatment options. All treatments follow the guidelines established by the American Institute for Conservation and are documented in written and photographic form.

Sculpture Source Asia

Giant Ganesh Buddha –    Sculpture Source Asia/Paul King Foundry

We have produced many small to monumental scale bronze sculptures in USA and in Thailand. We have made many large scale Buddha Bronzes including the 40 meter (120 feet+) tall Ganesh Buddha in Chachoengsao. Working closely with American and Canadian based artists as well as Asia Fine Art, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC and many others have given us the experience needed to serve you.

We are internationally known for our conservation services, as we have traveled throughout the US and its territories, Canada, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East for public and private collectors and investors.
Some of our work includes:
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University: Consultation on the techniques of the Ghiberti Gates in Florence, Italy. There was also a consultation on the conservation of Henry Moore bronze.
Gardner Museum – Boston MA: The conservation of Cellini bronze
Museum of Fine Arts – Boston MA: The conservation of Caro sculpture
Smithsonian Museum – Washington DC: Numerous conservations at the National Mall.
Getty Museum – Malibu, CA: Paper on authentication of bronzes presented by Paul K. Cavanagh.
Matthews Corporation – Pittsburgh PA: Conservation of Gorham bronzes
U.N. Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland: Conservation of Paul Manship bronze
If you are interested in learning more about our authentication and restoration services please contact us through our offices in the US, at the Paul King Foundry or in Asia, through Sculpture Source Asia.
You may also visit our webpage Bronze Sculpture Consultation Services Global at

Paul Cavanagh and Sculpture Source Asia

Paul King Cavanagh started the Paul King Foundry in Johnston, RI in 1966. Cavanagh attended the undergraduate program at Providence College and graduate school at Rhode Island School of Design. The year after RISD, Cavanagh spent in Rome, Italy, continuing his pursuit of the arts through independent study. One of those experiences was helping John and Margaret Manship set up a show of art work at a gallery. In preparation for the show, they had many visits to a Roman foundry. Cavanagh had been exposed to foundry work at RISD but it was not until his experience in Rome that he really knew he wanted to pursue the trade as a life’s work.

When Paul Cavanagh returned to the US he started organizing the work of opening the Paul King Foundry. Cavanagh apprenticed at Roman Bronze Works in NY and at a small sand foundry in RI. Although his true education in foundry work began when he opened his own foundry. Cavanagh could no longer depend on the systems others were using. He found he had to establish his own systems which happened only after a lot of study of the materials.

As the foundry grew, Paul Cavanagh was blessed with having a very talented group of workers. Some of those talented individuals continue to work with him. Their craftsmanship and understanding of what is required rivals any work produced by any foundry in the world. Paul King Foundry has produced numerous small and large pieces over the years. Paul King Foundry monuments are found all over the US.

Sculpture Source Asia, The Beginning: About 20 years ago, with more than 25 years of foundry experience, Paul Cavanagh was invited to participate in starting a partnership at an art foundry in Thailand. Cavanagh looked at the opportunity as both a challenge and an opportunity. For the past few years we have been able to make available to the clients at the Paul King Foundry the economy and craftsmanship of Thailand. Three years ago Cavanagh decided to end his partnership in Thailand, while maintaining his friendship and to open an art gallery in Shanghai. It was at that time that Paul Cavanagh established his relationship at an art foundry in Nanchang, China. These relationships continue today as Sculpture Source Asia.  Cavanagh spends a good part of the year in Asia overseeing production of art pieces for the gallery and for clients at the Paul King Foundry interested in the economic advantages of Asia. Paul Cavanagh, who taught sculpture at Providence College, provides instruction on good foundry methods and techniques and the principles of sculpture as needed. Khun Nok, Manager, Sculpture Source Asia, oversees quality control in the Nanchang foundry in Cavanagh’s absence.

Sculpture Source Asia- foundry in Nanchang China model making room, 2014

Sculpture Source Asia- foundry in Nanchang China
model making room, 2014

Paul Cavanagh has introduced the Nanchang foundry to the photopolymer process for bronze plaques. The photopolymers for bronze plaques is unique to this foundry in all of Asia. The workers have shown Cavanagh their ability to quickly grasp the new ideas and understand what is required to produce quality bronze castings.

Most recently, Paul Cavanagh has been asked to consult with a committee regarding a 96 foot Buddha for Queen Sirikit, Queen consort of Thailand. Khun Nok and Cavanagh are also working on another monumental Buddha project in Singapore.

To discover more about our Asian affiliate, please visit our sister site, or contact Cavanagh directly.