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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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Bronze Lily Pad Footed Bowl w Miniature Frog
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Bronze Lily Pad Footed Bowl w Miniature Frog
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$2512 Bids
(40 Pc) Izabel Lam Hand Forged "The Shore" Bronze Cutlery Set
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
(40 Pc) Izabel Lam Hand Forged "The Shore" Bronze Cutlery Set
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$5508 Bids
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PAIR OF VICTORIAN BRONZE LETTER HOLDERS Late 19th Century Heights 9”.
Dec 09, 9:30 AM EST
PAIR OF VICTORIAN BRONZE LETTER HOLDERS Late 19th Century Heights 9”.
by Eldred's
Est: $250- $350
$3005 Bids
Vintage Italian Bronze Goat Handle Vase
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Italian Bronze Goat Handle Vase
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$503 Bids
Artist N. Vidal Hunting Dog Bronze Desk Set
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Artist N. Vidal Hunting Dog Bronze Desk Set
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$502 Bids
Bronze Vessel W Figural Feet on Wooden Base
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Bronze Vessel W Figural Feet on Wooden Base
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $50
$12 Bids
Pair of Ormolu White Marble Cassolettes
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Pair of Ormolu White Marble Cassolettes
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$502 Bids
Antique Iron Signal Cannon
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Iron Signal Cannon
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$502 Bids
CONTEMPORARY BRONZE CUBE WITH MASKS 12 x 12 x 12 in. (30.48 x 30.48 x 30.48 cm.)
Dec 15, 10:00 AM EST
CONTEMPORARY BRONZE CUBE WITH MASKS 12 x 12 x 12 in. (30.48 x 30.48 x 30.48 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $100- $300
$702 Bids
Seated Ballerina Patinated Bronze Box
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Seated Ballerina Patinated Bronze Box
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
20th Century Bronze Gnome Nutcracker
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
20th Century Bronze Gnome Nutcracker
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$11 Bid
A FRENCH PAIR OF FIRST EMPIRE GILT-BRONZE VASES, C 1820
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
A FRENCH PAIR OF FIRST EMPIRE GILT-BRONZE VASES, C 1820
by Helios Auctions
Est: $3,500- $4,500
$2,5001 Bid
A 17th Century French Bronze Bell dated 1692. The verdrigris patinated ring moulded sides cast with
Dec 04, 11:00 AM GMT
A 17th Century French Bronze Bell dated 1692. The verdrigris patinated ring moulded sides cast with
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £800- £1,200
£6501 Bid
Marine group of 3 Italian gilt bronze 2 cleats & 1 ashtray, ca. 1970
Dec 06, 5:00 PM EST
Marine group of 3 Italian gilt bronze 2 cleats & 1 ashtray, ca. 1970
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
Walter Bosse and Richard Rohac Bronze Dachshunds
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
Walter Bosse and Richard Rohac Bronze Dachshunds
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
A Bronze Sundial. The octagonal plate inscribed 'Made by Lord Colvill 1787' with an armorial crest a
Dec 04, 11:00 AM GMT
A Bronze Sundial. The octagonal plate inscribed 'Made by Lord Colvill 1787' with an armorial crest a
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £200- £400
£1701 Bid
PAIR OF MEDICI VASES
Dec 14, 3:30 PM CET
PAIR OF MEDICI VASES
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €1,500- €2,500
€8001 Bid
VERY FINE SIGNAL CANNON, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
Dec 04, 10:00 AM PST
VERY FINE SIGNAL CANNON, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
by Scollard Auctions
Est: $6,000- $9,000
$3,7501 Bid
Pair Of Antique French Gilt Bronze Double Handled Urns
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Pair Of Antique French Gilt Bronze Double Handled Urns
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Antique French Carved Wood And Gilt Bronze Footed Planter
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Antique French Carved Wood And Gilt Bronze Footed Planter
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
LARGE HEINTZ STERLING ON BRONZE VASE
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
LARGE HEINTZ STERLING ON BRONZE VASE
by Jackson's International
Est: $50- $100
$401 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Bronze Metalware


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Auction Plus, Inc.

Auction Plus, Inc.

Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Veilinghuis Van Spengen