“On The Prowl” Bengal Tiger Bengal Tiger sculpture created by Charles Oldham for the Franklin Mint. Charles Oldham with his original clay sculpture for On the Prowl, Bengal Tiger.Tiger sculpture entitled “On the Prowl” was created by Charles Oldham on assignment for the Franklin Mint in the 1980s. Although completed off-site entirely by Charles Oldham in his own sculpture studio, when the porcelain of the sculpture shipped, we found that the art director at the time (George McMonigle) had managed to have his name imprinted on it as the sculptor of record, and McMonigle’s name was fired on the finished porcelains! Soon to follow, we complained to the owner of the Franklin Mint, threatening to go to the popular investigative show at the time, 60 Minutes, to expose how Franklin Mint committed fraud in the marketing of its sculptures and collectibles (this was only one example—it occurred with other designs created solely by the Oldhams, and again, McMonigle’s name later appeared on our work, without our permission). Linda Resnick, co-owner of the Franklin Mint, invited us to lunch and afterward, had the art director’s name removed from any new sculptures of “On The Prowl.” However, the initial run had already shipped and sold, unfortunately bearing the name of George McMonigle. There are still editions out there selling on the secondary and estate market bearing his name. For the record, we kept the original clay model in our possession after all these years to show the work as it was first created by Charles Oldham. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.