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Bronze Metalware

Historically, bronze, an alloy composed of copper and tin, has been conflated with brass, which is made of copper and zinc. Bronze and brass appear almost identical to one another, and without expert analysis, it is often impossible to determine which metal was used to create a particular piece.

The color of bronze depends on the amount of tin used during the smelting process. An item with five percent tin results in a light, golden shade, whereas an excess of 20 percent tin leads to a steely-gray color.

While many bronze vessels, including vases, bowls, and plates, were produced for everyday use, many were also smelted into elaborate ritual bronzes used during traditional ceremonies honoring ancestors and spirits. Important examples of bronze metalware made in ancient Africa and medieval Europe also survive. Today, there is a rich variety of bronze works available, including antique and contemporary bowls, plates, flatware, candlesticks, and centerpieces.


Quick Facts

  • Some of the earliest examples of bronze metalware were made between 2000 and 771 B.C.
  • On December 2, 2015, Christie’s Hong Kong sold a rare Jun Zun-shaped vase from the 14th-15th century for $596,326
  • When bronze is exposed to air for a long period of time, it corrodes and turns green, as seen in ancient bronze works of art

Recommended Items at Auction

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Paolo Soleri Arcosanti Bronze Wind Bell
Jul 21, 9:00 AM MST
Paolo Soleri Arcosanti Bronze Wind Bell
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$505 Bids
(2 Pc) Grotesque Bronze Wall Masks
Jul 16, 12:00 PM EDT
(2 Pc) Grotesque Bronze Wall Masks
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$1254 Bids
Victorian Figural Bronze Cigar Match Holder Master of the Hounds
Aug 02, 11:00 AM EDT
Victorian Figural Bronze Cigar Match Holder Master of the Hounds
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$703 Bids
Vienna Bronze Mini Schnauzer Cigarette Ash Tray
Jul 19, 8:30 AM EDT
Vienna Bronze Mini Schnauzer Cigarette Ash Tray
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $300
$503 Bids
Placa rectangular de bronze dourado, representando o martírio de São Sebastião, séc. XVII. Dim. aprox.: 11 x 7 cm
Jul 17, 7:00 PM WEST
Placa rectangular de bronze dourado, representando o martírio de São Sebastião, séc. XVII. Dim. aprox.: 11 x 7 cm
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €180- €400
€2002 Bids
Vintage bronze tone Abacus figurine, heavy paper weight
Jul 16, 7:00 PM EDT
Vintage bronze tone Abacus figurine, heavy paper weight
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $40- $60
$152 Bids
Very Old Large Bronze Chinese Lion Lidded Vessel
Jul 21, 9:00 AM MST
Very Old Large Bronze Chinese Lion Lidded Vessel
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
French Dore Bronze Mounted Champleve Onyx Compote
Jul 17, 12:00 PM EDT
French Dore Bronze Mounted Champleve Onyx Compote
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$22 Bids
Pair of Empire vases in mercury-gilded bronze, 19th century
Jul 23, 5:00 PM CEST
Pair of Empire vases in mercury-gilded bronze, 19th century
by Ansorena
Est: €3,600- €4,800
€2,4002 Bids
Vintage Paolo Soleri Arcosanti Bronze Wind Bells
Jul 21, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Paolo Soleri Arcosanti Bronze Wind Bells
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Paolo Soleri Arcosanti Bronze Wind Bell
Jul 21, 9:00 AM MST
Paolo Soleri Arcosanti Bronze Wind Bell
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Arts & Crafts Bronze Inlaid Vase
Jul 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Arts & Crafts Bronze Inlaid Vase
by Blackwell Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
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Bronze Match Holder / Ash Tray
Jul 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Bronze Match Holder / Ash Tray
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $30- $50
$151 Bid
Pair of cups; France, restoration period, c. 1820. Chiseled bronze, patinated, gilded with mercury and burnished.
Jul 24, 12:15 PM CEST
Pair of cups; France, restoration period, c. 1820. Chiseled bronze, patinated, gilded with mercury and burnished.
by Setdart Auction House
Est: €6,000- €7,000
€4,0001 Bid
PAIR OF LIDDED URN FORM CASTLETTES
Jul 20, 10:00 AM CDT
PAIR OF LIDDED URN FORM CASTLETTES
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Heintz Ams Sterling and Bronze Vessels, 3
Jul 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Heintz Ams Sterling and Bronze Vessels, 3
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
BRONZE MYTHICAL STYLIZED DOLPHIN SERPENT EWER
Jul 21, 12:00 PM EDT
BRONZE MYTHICAL STYLIZED DOLPHIN SERPENT EWER
by Burchard Galleries Inc
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$8001 Bid
Large Empire Period gilt bronze mount
Jul 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Large Empire Period gilt bronze mount
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $60- $80
$301 Bid
Placa rectangular de bronze, representando Maria Madalena, séc. XVI-XVII
Jul 17, 7:00 PM WEST
Placa rectangular de bronze, representando Maria Madalena, séc. XVI-XVII
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €160- €300
€1601 Bid
Placa rectangular de bronze, representando São Jerónimo, séc. XVI-XVII Dim. aprox.: 9,5 x 6,2 cm.
Jul 17, 7:00 PM WEST
Placa rectangular de bronze, representando São Jerónimo, séc. XVI-XVII Dim. aprox.: 9,5 x 6,2 cm.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €160- €300
€1601 Bid
BRONZE HORNS FIGURE BY MAITLAND SMITH WITH MARBLE BASE
Jul 20, 10:00 AM EDT
BRONZE HORNS FIGURE BY MAITLAND SMITH WITH MARBLE BASE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
PAIR OF BRONZE FRIEZES, 19th CENTURY
Jul 23, 3:30 PM CEST
PAIR OF BRONZE FRIEZES, 19th CENTURY
by Casa d'Aste Babuino
Est: €0- €0
€101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Bronze Metalware


Auction Plus, Inc.

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