Maquette

A model for a larger piece of sculpture. Often fascinating works in their own right, conveying the immediacy of the artist's first realisation of an idea.
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maquette

(from the article `sculpture`) ...portrait or a private sculpture, the client may only require to see examples of the artist`s previous work; but if it is a public commission, the ...
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Maquette

In sculpture, a small model in wax or clay, made as a preliminary sketch, presented to a client for his approval of the proposed work, or entered in a competition for a prize or scholarship. The Italian equivalent of the term is bozzetto, meaning small sketch.
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Maquette

(Bozzetto): scale model for large sculpture: simple three dimensional sketch of a work
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Maquette

A maquette (French word for scale model, sometimes referred to by the Italian names plastico or modello) is a small scale model or rough draft of an unfinished sculpture. An equivalent term is bozzetto, from the Italian word that means `sketch`. It is used to visualize and test shapes and ideas without incurring the cost and effort of producing ..
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maquette

small model of something to be made on a larger scale
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