Historyby Denise Wrightson & Vicky Platt
Over a century ago, Queen Victoria appreciated the idea of preserving precious family memories. She commissioned Mary Thornycroft, a celebrated artist of the day, to sculpt her 9 children’s hands and feet in alabaster.
We thought this was a great idea! Over time new materials have become available and with our background as artists, we were able to develop the best techniques for baby castings. We set up Wrightson and Platt in 1999 and with the emphasis on quality and artistic values we found the best ways to make these special little works of art in fine materials.
As time has swiftly moved on we have built a loyal and talented team of craftsmen and women who have brought their own skills to bear on the work. Our lovely customers have also brought fresh ideas and helped us develop intricate family pieces in response to their requests. Several customers have become casting artists with us including Anita in Hong Kong.
When Gunnar Sachs' first son was born in the Portland Hospital, London, England, he commissioned us to cast little Felix’s hands and feet in all three of our materials: silver, bronze and lead crystal. He was so enchanted with the sculptures that he offered to join us and has now brought substantial investment and new enthusiasm to expand our company into new markets around the world. The horizons have now broadened with casting artists in several US cities and the setting up of our own specialist metal casting facility at our London studio.