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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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VINTAGE PAOLO SOLERI ARCOSANTI #301 BRONZE BELL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE PAOLO SOLERI ARCOSANTI #301 BRONZE BELL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$32010 Bids
Paolo Soleri Arcosanti Bronze Wind Bell
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Paolo Soleri Arcosanti Bronze Wind Bell
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1709 Bids
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VINTAGE PAOLO SOLERI ARCOSANTI VERDIGRIS BRONZE BELL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE PAOLO SOLERI ARCOSANTI VERDIGRIS BRONZE BELL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1108 Bids
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VINTAGE PAOLO SOLERI ARCOSANTI BRONZE BELL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE PAOLO SOLERI ARCOSANTI BRONZE BELL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$807 Bids
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SASHA BRASTOFF 18K GOLD GILT BRONZE STAR STEED LIMITED EDITION CHARGER
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
SASHA BRASTOFF 18K GOLD GILT BRONZE STAR STEED LIMITED EDITION CHARGER
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$556 Bids
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CIRCA 1900 TIFFANY STUDIOS GILT BRONZE DISH
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
CIRCA 1900 TIFFANY STUDIOS GILT BRONZE DISH
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$806 Bids
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VINTAGE PAOLO SOLERI ARCOSANTI VERDIGRIS BRONZE BELL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE PAOLO SOLERI ARCOSANTI VERDIGRIS BRONZE BELL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1005 Bids
Antique Heavy Bronze/Brass Character Tankard Stein
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Heavy Bronze/Brass Character Tankard Stein
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$83 Bids
Regester & Webb, Baltimore 9" bronze bell
Nov 19, 4:00 PM EST
Regester & Webb, Baltimore 9" bronze bell
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$452 Bids
Antique Heintz Sterling on Bronze Vase & Ashtray
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Heintz Sterling on Bronze Vase & Ashtray
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $150
$602 Bids
BARBEDIENNE FRENCH BRONZE CENT
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
BARBEDIENNE FRENCH BRONZE CENT
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$4001 Bid
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Antique Bronze Erotic Plaque
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Bronze Erotic Plaque
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $250- $500
$1001 Bid
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Bronze Architectural Ornament
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Bronze Architectural Ornament
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $150- $300
$751 Bid
A Gilt Bronze Figural Ornament
Nov 05, 9:00 AM EDT
A Gilt Bronze Figural Ornament
by Roswell Auctions
Est: $4,000- $5,000
$8001 Bid
Bronze Riveted Kettle/planter
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
Bronze Riveted Kettle/planter
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $150- $250
$501 Bid
TWO ASSORTED MORTAR & PESTLES
Oct 28, 9:00 AM PDT
TWO ASSORTED MORTAR & PESTLES
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$751 Bid
Tiffany Studios, New York "Venetian" Newel Post Lamp
Nov 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Tiffany Studios, New York "Venetian" Newel Post Lamp
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0001 Bid
Vintage 18Kt & Lapis Lazuli Ring
Nov 08, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage 18Kt & Lapis Lazuli Ring
by Antiques & Art International
Est: $800- $1,200
$6001 Bid
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Hagenauer Austria gilt bronze art deco pig, length…
Nov 07, 12:00 PM AEDT
Hagenauer Austria gilt bronze art deco pig, length…
by Amanda Addams Auctions
Est: AUD150- AUD200
AUD1201 Bid
A Marble & bronze Planter w/ Lion Head Handles
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
A Marble & bronze Planter w/ Lion Head Handles
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$401 Bid
CONTEMPORARY BRONZE PATINATED METAL FIRESCREEN
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
CONTEMPORARY BRONZE PATINATED METAL FIRESCREEN
by Potomack Company
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Erte - Urn
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Erte - Urn
by Dane Fine Art Auctions
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,0000 Bids
Classical Style Bronze Planter Urn
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
Classical Style Bronze Planter Urn
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $600- $1,200
$5000 Bids

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