Bronze Sculptures

Bronze is typically the material of choice when a sculptor chooses to execute a work in metal. Casts require less support than most other mediums, are less prone to fracturing, are more easily reproduced, allow for the execution of finer details, and can be assembled in stages. As a result, ancient cultures across the world, from the Mediterranean to Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, developed methods of creating cast bronze sculpture at various points in history.

Bronze's largest “weakness” is it’s inherent value as a material. Throughout history, many bronze pieces have been melted down to recover the raw metal itself, which would then be recast as weaponry or to create new sculptures if a piece had fallen out of favor. It is estimated that between 40 and 60 percent of modern European bronze sculptures made before the First World War have now been lost. The decimation of ancient sculpture is even greater.

While other techniques, such as hammering, have been used to mold bronze into various forms, “lost wax” casting has been the dominant method for much of history. The ancient Greeks were considered to be the original masters of this technique, as they were the first to create life-size pieces using this method. Many marble statues from western antiquity are known to be Roman copies of original Greek bronze masterworks, very few of which survive to this day.


Quick Facts

  • Bronze art theft has occurred as recently as 2007. John Waddell’s "Gathering" and "Andrea," a total of 7 life-size bronze figures, were stolen from his home, likely due to the value of melted bronze
  • The oldest lost-wax artifacts known today were found at Nahal Mishmar in southern Israel. Carbon dating estimates that the bronze scepter found there dates to about 3500 B.C.
  • The Bronze Statue of Buddha housed in the Japanese Temple of T?dai-ji was cast in the 8th century and took seven tons of wax to execute

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ARMAN FERNANDEZ (1928 - 2005) Violon Spirale.
Oct 27, 11:00 AM CEST
ARMAN FERNANDEZ (1928 - 2005) Violon Spirale.
by Capitolium Art
Est: €3,500- €4,500
€1,8004 Bids
Doug Hyde The Basket Maker
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Doug Hyde The Basket Maker
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Est: $300- $500
$4004 Bids
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Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
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by Showplace
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$5001 Bid
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Modern Abstract Freeform Bronze Sculpture
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Est: $400- $600
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Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
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Est: $2,500- $4,500
$1,6001 Bid
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Louis E. Weiss's "The Music Makers" Bronze Art
Oct 23, 11:30 AM EDT
Louis E. Weiss's "The Music Makers" Bronze Art
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Gernot Rumpf, born 1941 Kaiserslautern, chestnut
Oct 22, 11:00 AM CEST
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Oct 22, 11:00 AM CEST
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Est: €350- €700
€3200 Bids
§ DENIS MITCHELL (BRITISH 1912-1993) TREVEDRAN, 1991
Oct 28, 6:00 PM BST
§ DENIS MITCHELL (BRITISH 1912-1993) TREVEDRAN, 1991
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £4,000- £6,000
£2,0000 Bids
§ ROBERT ADAMS (BRITISH 1917-1984) RECTANGULAR BRONZE FORM NO.2., 1953
Oct 28, 6:00 PM BST
§ ROBERT ADAMS (BRITISH 1917-1984) RECTANGULAR BRONZE FORM NO.2., 1953
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £4,000- £6,000
£2,0000 Bids
Erich Sauer, born 1931 Frankenthal, studied Mannheim
Oct 22, 11:00 AM CEST
Erich Sauer, born 1931 Frankenthal, studied Mannheim
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €400- €800
€4000 Bids
OLIN LEVI WARNER, (American, 1844-1896), Julian Alden Weir, 1880, bronze, height: 22 in.
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
OLIN LEVI WARNER, (American, 1844-1896), Julian Alden Weir, 1880, bronze, height: 22 in.
by Grogan & Company
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7000 Bids
MASTROIANNI UMBERTO
Oct 26, 3:00 PM CEST
MASTROIANNI UMBERTO
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Est: €6,000- €7,000
€6,0000 Bids
BARTUSZOVÁ MÁRIA - Stone – Bronze II.
Oct 21, 6:00 PM CEST
BARTUSZOVÁ MÁRIA - Stone – Bronze II.
by Auction House Groma
Est: 900,000 Kč- 1,100,000 Kč
900,000 Kč0 Bids
GONZALES ALBA (n. 1939) Untitled.
Oct 27, 11:00 AM CEST
GONZALES ALBA (n. 1939) Untitled.
by Capitolium Art
Est: €1,300- €1,600
€500 Bids
BENEVELLI GIACOMO (n. 1925) Untitled.
Oct 27, 11:00 AM CEST
BENEVELLI GIACOMO (n. 1925) Untitled.
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€500 Bids
PARADISO ANTONIO (n. 1936) Colonna.
Oct 27, 11:00 AM CEST
PARADISO ANTONIO (n. 1936) Colonna.
by Capitolium Art
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,0000 Bids
Paar Reliefplaketten: Putten und Amorknabe.
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Paar Reliefplaketten: Putten und Amorknabe.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€400 Bids
Goethe-Plakette.
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Goethe-Plakette.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
Gerahmtes Bildnisrelief: Marie Antoinette.
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Gerahmtes Bildnisrelief: Marie Antoinette.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1800 Bids

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